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...

Vaccinating for Scours

By Ceanna Tannas, AHT What is it? Scour vaccines are available to help prevent the incidence, severity and duration of calf-hood scours; they are for use in healthy, pregnant cattle. Scour Bos® is one of the products available that contains both viral and bacterial antigens for the prevention of scours. Benefits Scours can be quite common on the farm and can mount significant economic loss from not only treatment costs, but also death loss and even performance loss. Vaccination for scours can help reduce some of these costs, when combined with a proper management strategy. When vaccinated with antigens, like the ones found in Scour Bos®,...

Two Stage Weaning

By Ceanna Tannas, AHT What is it? This is a two stage method that attempts to reduce stress in calves during weaning. The first step is to take away the milk source from the calves by using a small, plastic device called a QuietWean nose tag that fits into each calf’s nose to prevent nursing. The nose tag is left in for about a week while the calves get to stay with their dams; it is then removed just prior to weaning when the calves are separated from their mothers. What are the benefits? The tags are relatively quick and easy to place when calves are run through a chute and have retention rates of over 95%. A perfect time to place the...

BCF Technology Video Contest

In February 2014, Cody and Dr. Vadim Pryadko, a veterinarian in Ukraine, began communicating online after Cody stumbled onto one of Vadim’s awesome Youtube videos. As both share many passions, they became friends immediately, despite Vadim not speaking a word of English! Vadim has become an integral part of the international social media community of bovine practitioners by sharing his story in a unique and powerful way. Always keen to learn as much as possible about how others approach different disease and management challenges, he has proven to be a very ardent veterinarian. BCF Technology is holding its 3rd annual video contest. The...

Pre-conditioning and Pre-Weaning Vaccinations

By Ceanna Tannas, AHT Preconditioning is a process that happens around the time of weaning to help improve the health status of calves before they are shipped and are either backgrounded or enter feedlots. It can be done while the calves are still with their mothers and can include: castration, dehorning, vaccination, feeding and acclimation processes. Another method involves weaning calves about a month before the proposed sale day and getting them used to novel things that would be present in a feedlot and to carry out all procedures that need to be done. The calves are introduced to new feed, water troughs, feed bunks, castrated (if not...

The importance of feed testing

By Ceanna Tannas, AHT What is it? Feed is most often tested using a wet chemistry technique, but other methods are available such near infrared reflectance spectroscopy (NIR). Forage, grains, silage, haylage, pellets and total mixed rations can all be tested. Analyzing for moisture, protein and energy are most important to be able to formulate rations, but other substances can also be analyzed such as calcium & phosphorus as well as other vitamins and minerals. Why test my feed? Analyzing feed samples provides valuable information on the quality of feed your animals will be fed. The results let us know what feed is lacking so we can...

New Component Implant Gun for TE-200 with Tylan

Heinz Lemmer of Elanco stopped by to let us know about the new Component Implant Gun for TE-200 with Tylan. Also, as old inventory of other Component Implants are used up, new product will only be compatible with this new gun. Just remember: White Component Implant Box = New Grey Gun Blue Component Implant Box = Old Blue Gun