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 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 recently received the Boehringer Ingelheim Veterinarian of the Year Award from the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners. His interests outside of veterinary medicine include spending time with his family, outdoor photography and canoeing the rivers of 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. 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. Nathan Erickson was raised on a mixed swine and cow-calf operation near Stony Plain, Alberta and received his Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) from Augustana University College in Camrose, Alberta in 2000 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) in 2005 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. Following two years of mixed animal practice Nathan returned to the WCVM and completed his Masters of Veterinary Science (MVSc.) in 2009, focusing on the epidemiology of Mycoplasma bovis pneumonia in feedlot calves. Nathan joined Veterinary Agri-Health Services in the spring of 2009 and is now a managing partner with responsibilities including development of the cow/calf production medicine program, beef production research and data analysis. Nathan has recently focused his interests on heifer reproductive management and the optimization of estrus synchronization programs.
Dr. Cody Creelman received his Bachelor of Science in Agriculture with distinction (B.Sc.Agr.) in 2006 from the University of Alberta and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) in 2011 from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. In 2011 Cody received the coveted Pfizer Animal Health Dr. Otto Radostits Award for Excellence in Food Animal Health and Production 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. His professional interests include pathology, large animal surgery, cow/calf and feedlot production medicine. Cody’s favorite quote comes from one of his mentors, Dr. Fritz Schumann, when emphasizing the importance of animal health, stating “you can’t raise cows on snowballs and promises”. Cody and his wife Diana are greatly enjoying the Airdrie area and are proud to call it home.
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.