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. Nathan Erickson, Dr. Cody Creelman and our faculty member from the University of Calgary – Dr. Karin Orsel, along with our excellent support staff – Marlene Shiels, Corissa Boychuk 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 (D.V.M) in 1986 from the Western...

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...

The Value of an AHT in Cattle Practice

Who am I? My name is Ceanna Tannas and I am currently doing my AHT practicum here at VAHS. I am a cattle rancher and am interested in bovine health, so it is exciting to be a part of a bovine practice. I plan on learning lots and improving my skills during my time here and also hope to get a position at VAHS in the future. What is an AHT? Animal health technologists, sometimes referred to as “vet techs”, are members of the veterinary team who provide support to veterinarians in all aspects of practice. An AHT has completed a two year diploma at an accredited institution and has extensive knowledge in diagnostic laboratory procedures,...

An Overview Histophilus somni in Feedlot Cattle

Submitted by: Megan Simard, UCVM Class of 2015   Histophilus somni is a common pathogen in feedlots and backgrounding operations common in Canada’s western provinces, with fall calves at the highest risk for infection (O’Toole et al. 2009).  It is one of the three major bacterial pathogens involved in the broader disease of bovine respiratory disease (BRD) which can affect up to 14.4% of all cattle entering a feedlot, along with Pasteurella multocida andMannheimia hemolytica (Portis et al. 2012).  H somni is a gram negative bacteria involved in many disease processes collectively called histophilosis.  It is a normal part of...

Veterinarian Required

Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. is an exclusive bovine health management oriented veterinary practice located in Airdrie, Alberta that provides high quality professional services to feedlot and cow/calf operations across western Canada.  The practice also has an active research component and as an affiliate member of the University of Calgary, Distributed Veterinary Learning Community, we host both mandatory and elective student rotations in bovine herd health, reproduction and general veterinary practice. We are seeking a fifth veterinarian to complement our current team of four professionals.  The ideal candidate will possess a...

Satisfaction and Motivation of Ranch Employees

Satisfaction and Motivation of Ranch Employees- Clay P. Mathis*, Jen Livsey, Ryan Rhoades, Kim McCuistion 12 ELEMENTS OF AN ENGAGED EMPLOYEE I know what is expected of me at work. I have the materials and equipment I need to do my work right. At work, I have the opportunity to do what I do best every day. In the last seven days, I have received recognition or praise for doing good work. My supervisor, or someone at work, seems to care about me as a person. There is someone at work who encourages my development. At work, my opinions seem to count. The mission or purpose of my company makes me feel my job is important. My associates or...

Cattleman and his Vet

A Florida Cattle Producer and his Vet from Erin Freel on Vimeo.

Introducing Ox5: Product Request Tool

In order to better serve our clients, Veterinary Agri-Health Services is excited to launch our new and improved Online and Smartphone Product Ordering Tool known as Ox5. The 3 key features of Ox5: 1. Allows you to request products quickly and efficiently, ANY time,  ANY place 2. Advanced search and access to request history for easy (re-)ordering 3. Protocol notifications allows VAHS to keep you up to date with the most current protocols for your operation Our Order Desk has been working diligently to register all of our clients to make the transition as smooth as possible. You may have already received an email from Corissa letting you...