CalfBook: Cow/Calf Data Management

VAHS is now pleased to offer our comprehensive and fully mobile Cow/Calf Herd Health software  program. Call today for a demo or email Cody at CodyC@vahs.net and stay tuned for more information on the website. Here is a sneak peak of the Calf Entry Screen.    

Common Injuries in Breeding Bulls

By Ceanna Tannas, AHT The most common injuries we see in breeding bulls are foot and leg injuries as a result of mounting and fighting, as well as injuries of the reproductive organs such as the penis and testicles. These injuries can limit or even prevent a bull from breeding which can have significant effects in reproductive efficiency. Foot and Leg Injuries A very common occurrence is footrot which is an infection of the soft tissues between the claws or interdigital space, caused by the organism Fusobacterium necrophorum. Cuts, punctures and abrasions on the foot provide an entry route for this bacterium, as it cannot gain entry through...

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: buy generic cialis 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...