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...

About VAHS

The mission of Veterinary Agri-Health Services Ltd. (VAHS) is to provide client focused veterinary services and expertise in animal health and welfare, production medicine, food safety and field research. The practice was founded in 1993 and from the beginning our goal was to work collaboratively with our beef cattle clients to provide leading edge comprehensive herd health programs.  It has always been our philosophy that if our clients were successful we would be successful.  As the needs of the cattle industry have evolved so has the practice and now in addition to the delivery of herd health programs to feedlot and cow/calf...

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...

Spring management ca...

The Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation|Updated: May 2, 2012|Linked VAHS Cattle prices are high and are project­ed to remain high throughout 2012 despite seasonal volatility. In the fourth week of March, Octo­ber 2012 CME feeder cattle contracts traded at $157.50/cwt. This is a $17.80/cwt...

Cattle welfare start...

Geni Wren, Bovine Veterinarian Magazine | Updated: April 30, 2012 Geni Wren The training of employees who work with cattle on feedlots and farms is done to protect and enhance animal health and welfare. “We need to move this from an industry issue to an operational issue to an individual...

Selecting for calmer...

John Maday, Managing Editor, Drovers CattleNetwork | Updated: April 26, 2012|Linked VAHS Stockmen know that wild, temperamental cattle present a danger to handlers, facilities and other cattle. They’ve also learned that cattle behavior can play a role in performance, health and carcass...