What to expect from us

Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. is a health management oriented veterinary practice based in Alberta that provides high quality professional services to feedlot and cow/calf operations across western Canada.  These services focus on three areas: (1) animal health and production related management strategies and problem solving, (2) animal well being and product quality, and (3) producer education and information transfer.  Our services include vaccination,  treatment and parasite control programs, nutritional advice, computerized record systems and health monitoring, regular consultation and reproductive health visits, as well as...

Who we are

Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. is a dedicated team of individuals who bring a wealth of experience to beef veterinary practice and strive to deliver excellent customer service.  The team consists of Dr. Michael Jelinski, Dr. Craig Dorin, Dr. Cody Creelman, Dr. Megan Simard, Dr. Paul Hardes and our faculty member from the University of Calgary – Dr. Karin Orsel, along with our excellent support staff – Marlene Shiels, Corissa Boychuk, Ceanna Tannas, RVT and JoAnn Miller. Dr. Michael Jelinski received his Bachelor of Science in Biology (B.Sc.) in 1981 from the University of Regina and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine...

About VAHS

The mission of Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. (VAHS) is to provide client focused veterinary services and expertise in animal health and welfare, production medicine, food safety and field research. The practice was founded in 1993 and from the beginning our goal was to work collaboratively with our beef cattle clients to provide leading edge comprehensive herd health programs.  It has always been our philosophy that if our clients were successful we would be successful.  As the needs of the cattle industry have evolved so has the practice and now in addition to the delivery of herd health programs to feedlot and cow/calf...

VAHS RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR VETERINARY CARE I...

We are all proud to announce that our practice was recognized as Practice of the Year by the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (CVMA). See the news release here and a great article by the Airdrie Echo here. CVMA’s Practice of the Year Award, sponsored by Scotiabank, recognizes a veterinary practice team for outstanding achievement within their local community. Such achievements may include innovations in provision of veterinary services, commitment to work-life balance, meaningful community or charitable involvement, or implementation of ‘green’ practice procedures. A big thanks to veterinary student Jennifer Enzie for...

Great Post from Tannas Ranches

Our ranch is booming. For the first time in over a decade our ranch has over 250 cattle grazing its pastures. It is an exciting time for sure, as the industry has never been in a better state to allow for growth and new beginnings. Now that summer is here, I have had time to reflect on the spring and all it brought us. Spring is a busy time on a cattle ranch, as many may know. It is this time more than ever that I am reminded of new life, as well as death that comes just as easy. This spring we have had perfect, beautiful calves born into the world under our care. I love to watch as a new, wet calf, dizzy in stimulus, takes its first...

Allflex RS420 Stick Reader

Looking to upgrade your RFID reader or make a first-time purchase? VAHS is currently recommending the Allflex RS420 Stick Reader. General benefits to your operation A portable hand-held RFID scanning device can be beneficial on farm, chute-side, and in pasture. With a wave of the wand the 15 digit RFID/CCIA number is recorded with a time and date stamp, making identifying animals easy and accurate. The records can then be downloaded and exported for use or with the Bluetooth capability, RFID numbers can be scanned directly into enabled programs. Features of the Allflex RS420 Notable features of the Allflex RS420 include, but not limited to:...

Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey Results

    Did you participate in the Western Canadian Cow-Calf Survey? The results are now available! The survey was distributed this winter and the information collected was based on the 2014 calving season and 2013 breeding season. The results from the survey set benchmarks for production performance that producers can aim towards. Check out this link to see the results!  

New intranasal vaccine by Merck

Recently Merck Animal Health launched a new tool in the fight against Bovine Respiratory Disease in Canada. Once PMH IN has label claim as an aid in the control of respiratory disease caused by Mannheimia haemolytica and as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by Pasteurella multocida. the as an aid in the control of respiratory disease caused by Mannheimia haemolytica and as an aid in the prevention of disease caused by Pasteurella multocida. Check out this video from the National Beef Cattleman’s...

Estimating Your Farm’s Greenhouse Gas Emissi...

You may be thinking more about the environment and how farms and ranches can become more sustainable. There are several tools available to estimate your farm’s greenhouse gas emissions; there are a couple of examples below that you can try for free.   Holos is a farm model software program. It predicts your GHG emissions based on the values you enter and helps you to find ways to reduce those emissions.   Cool Farm Tool is also a calculator to estimate your farms greenhouse gas emissions, but is available in a downloadable...