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, Ceanna Tannas, RVT, Ashley Gaudet, RVT, Sandy DeBruin, 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 (D.V.M) in 1986 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan.  Dr. Jelinski is the founding partner of Veterinary Agri-Health Services.  In addition to management responsibilities, Dr. Jelinski takes an active interest in the field services and student teaching components of the practice and currently holds a Clinical Instructor appointment in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine’s Distributed Learning Community at the University of Calgary.  He has served on numerous committees related to the profession including the Pfizer Animal Health Advisory Board, the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association Discipline and Ethics Committee and as a mentor for the Canadian Cattlemen’s Association Young Leaders Mentorship Program.  Dr. Jelinski is a past recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners (2013).  His interests outside of veterinary medicine include spending time with his family and hiking, canoeing and kayaking in Canada’s Arctic wilderness.

Dr. Craig Dorin received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 1985.  His career started with 11 years in large animal practice in Kamloops, British Columbia and two additional years as Technical Services Veterinarian with Hoechst Roussel Vet.  In 1998 he joined Veterinary Agri-Health Services where he has been a managing partner for the past 13 years.  Areas of interest of Dr. Dorin include growth promotants, beef cattle welfare and development of training programs for producers and staff.  He also is actively involved in the mentorship of youth in the cattle industry and veterinary students at the University of Calgary.  Dr. Dorin is a past president of the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners and has served on the Cattle Industry Council for Alberta Beef Producers, Advisory Board for the Alberta Beef Chair at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine and as a Director for the Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners. Dr. Dorin was recently named 2017 Veterinarian of the Year by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association. He is currently an Adjunct Clinical Instructor with the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and a Director for Prairie Diagnostic Services, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Dr. Cody Creelman received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with distinction in 2006 from the University of Alberta and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine in 2011 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine. Cody grew up near Beaverlodge, Alberta on a commercial cow/calf operation and raised purebred Simmental cattle. Dr. Creelman joined Veterinary Agri-Health Services, in May 2011 as an associate veterinarian and now, as of 2013, is a managing partner. His professional interests include pathology, large animal surgery, cow/calf and feedlot production medicine. Since becoming a veterinarian Dr. Creelman has discovered a new passion, revolving around the use of mobile technology in the field. This includes consulting on veterinary application design projects as well as leveraging various social media platforms to market veterinary services.

Dr. Megan Johnsen received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with distinction from the University of Alberta and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from the University of Calgary in 2015. Megan grew up in Provost, Alberta. She was active in Lighthorse 4-H and played almost every sport the town offered. Her interest in cattle started when she worked summers at the U of A’s dairy and research barn. Dr. Johnsen joined Veterinary Agri-Health Services in May 2015 as an associate veterinarian. She is interested in all areas of beef cattle practice and equine medicine. In her spare time she enjoys spending time hiking in the mountains with her shepherd/collie cross and basset hound.

Dr. Elizabeth Homerosky was born and raised in southern Ohio where she was actively involved in her family’s commercial cow-calf operation and exhibited beef cattle through 4-H. Elizabeth’s interest in food animal production led her to The Ohio State University where she completed a BSc in Animal Science with Honors and Research Distinction in 2008 and was honored as an All American for Intercollegiate Livestock Judging. She went on to complete a DVM in 2012 and subsequently practiced as a beef cattle veterinarian in western Iowa for one year. In 2013 Elizabeth was accepted into the University of Calgary as the inaugural Simpson Ranch Fellow in Beef Cattle Health. During the three-year fellowship she completed a MSc and Clinical Residency in beef production medicine and was inducted into the Canadian Cattlemen’s Young Leader program. Elizabeth completed several rotations for her residency at Veterinary Agri-Health Services and officially joined the team as an associate veterinarian in October 2016. She has a strong interest in cow-calf and feedlot production medicine and consulting as well as teaching veterinary students. In her spare time, Elizabeth enjoys photographing cows, seeking out bargains at farm auctions and building up her own Red Simm-Angus commercial cow herd.

Dr. Karin Orsel completed her D.V.M. at Utrecht University in 1996 and following a year in private practice returned to the university as a clinical instructor in the ambulatory clinic of the Department of Farm Animal Health.  After being actively involved in an epidemiologic study during the foot and mouth disease epidemic of 2001, she started her graduate work studying FMD in more detail.  She obtained an M.Sc. degree in veterinary epidemiology and economics in 2004 and her Ph.D. in 2007.  Karin joined the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine in February 2008 and since then has been affiliated with Veterinary Agri-Health Services as part of the University of Calgary Distributed Teaching Hospital.  In 2011 Karin passed the European board exam and is currently a diplomat of the European College of Bovine Health Management.  Karin is interested in mechanisms of disease transmission and identifying risk factors for multi-factorial diseases.  Her research focuses on infectious diseases, lameness and pain management as well as disease detection in wildlife and disease transmission at the wildlife-livestock interface.  As a strong believer in Global Health, Karin along with her husband Frank have worked in the U of C field school in Tanzania working with the local Maasai community and their cattle.