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. Elizabeth Homerosky and our faculty member from the University of Calgary – Dr. Karin Orsel, along with our excellent support staff – Marlene Shiels, Annessa Good, Ceanna Tannas, RVT, Ashley Gaudet, 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...

Mystery Calf Case

A call was received from a cattle producer with a herd of 75 crossbred cattle in the foothills of Alberta. The calves in the herd were 3-4 months old. The dams were vaccinated in the fall at pregnancy check with a killed 6-way respiratory vaccine and a 7-way clostridial vaccine. The calves were never vaccinated and were in excellent apparent health up until 4 days ago. Upon checking his herd, the farmer noticed one freshly dead calf. Two other calves in the herd appeared mildly depressed, with one having a slight swelling over one shoulder. The farmer decided to check them later in the afternoon. On the afternoon check, the calf with the...

Total Canadian Beef Exports 2000-2011

    From Statistics Canada trade data, ALMA has compiled a brief trade report for Canadian pork and beef sectors. These reports outlines total trade, leading export markets and the volume and value of product shipped to the markets over the last decade. Providing trade and market related information to industry stakeholders is an important step to increasing awareness and the competitiveness of Alberta meat...

Food label guide on animal welfare practices

August 15, 2012 By Julie Harker A Consumer Guide to Food Labels and Animal Welfare has been put together by the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI) to try and help consumers understand what they’re buying. Dena Jones, AWI farm animal program manager, tells Brownfield they are telling consumers that certified labels such as Certified Humane, Animal Welfare Approved and USDA Organic, are the most trustworthy because they are verified by third parties.  However, Jones adds, the USDA uses independent organic inspectors whose standards are not all the same. Jones says it’s extremely complicated for consumers to decipher label claims and...

Syndactyly in a Miniature Hereford Calf

Former UCVM student Dr. Adrien Perez and Dr. Cody Creelman were called to a farm to treat a case of retained placenta in a miniature hereford cow. The cow had given birth 2 days prior to a backwards calf, which had to be pulled. This calf had not stood since being born, and its owner had been tube feeding it colostrum and then milk from its dam. After treating the cow, the owner asked to have the calf examined. Upon physical examination, it was noted that the claws of both front feet were fused together, as was one hind foot. This calf was then diagnosed with having syndactyly. Syndactyly is the term used to describe when the digits of an...

Health and Production Implications of Poor Winter ...

NEWSLETTER|VAHS Utilizing low quality forages can be a cost effective feeding strategy but an understanding of how these forages should be fed is essential. It is important to remember that feeding a beef cow is essentially feeding the rumen where bacterial fermentation is occurring. Rumen bacteria provide the enzymes necessary to break down plant fiber and release the stored plant protein and energy. As the feed moves through the digestive tract, bacteria are continually carried with it and ultimately digested, releasing additional protein and energy to the cow. When feeding low quality forages (for example straw) there may be inadequate...