Externships, Summer Students & Job Shadowing

  Student Positions In order to ensure sustainable animal agriculture production for the future, Veterinary Agri-Health Services is committed to the training of future food-animal practitioners.  As a bovine specific practice our focus with the students is the education of veterinarians to meet the needs of the livestock industry and rural Alberta through enhanced skills in production animal health.  In particular, our students will be exposed to the entire breadth of the beef industry in Alberta, ranging from the cow-calf level right to the feedlot.  Specific technical skills are taught depending on the seasonality of the industry...

VAHS Summer Student Position

Dear Veterinary Students Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. in Airdrie, Alberta is interested in employing a student (preferably entering 2nd year of veterinary medicine) under the Veterinary Work Experience Program (VWEP). This is a program offered as a joint initiative between Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development and veterinary practices to give students work experience during the summer break. Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. is a health management oriented veterinary practice, providing high quality professional services to feedlot and cow/calf operations across western Canada.  These services focus on three areas: (1) animal...

Modernizing inspection at slaughterhouses – ...

UCVM|News Bonnie Buntain, a professor of ecosystem and public health in the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, has been in the news a lot lately talking about XL Foods and the biggest beef recall in Canadian history. Eleven people in four provinces have become ill from E. coli that’s linked to beef from the XL Foods plant in Brooks, Alta. Buntain, the former chief public health veterinarian for the Food Safety and Inspection Service in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, has been asked by a number of media outlets to explain the process of a recall and try to answer how it happened in the first place. But she’s also been asked to help the...

Beef Cattle Welfare Topic: Castration

 Castration- Tara Risling Humans have been using cattle to aid in agricultural enterprises since the 4th millennium BC, and castration as a means of physiologically taming cattle has existed for nearly as long (Bogucki 1993; Clutton-Brock 1992). Animal welfare is growing increasingly important in the developed world. Consumers, agricultural producers, and those within the animal health industry are focussing attention on the practice of castration as it relates to animal welfare. By researching castration methodology, pain, and analgesia, the optimal means of castrating bulls will hopefully be uncovered. This paper explores some of these...