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.
MIKE JELINSKI, DVM 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.
CRAIG DORIN, DVM 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 as managing partner. 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.
ELIZABETH HOMEROSKY, DVM, MSc, DABVP 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 VAHS and officially joined the team as an associate veterinarian in October 2016 and became a partner in the fall of 2019. Elizabeth is also a board-certified specialist in beef cattle practice and is honored to be a Diplomate of the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. Elizabeth has a strong interest in cow-calf and feedlot production medicine and consulting, as well as, applied research. 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.
MEGAN JOHNSEN, DVM 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, where she was an active 4H member and spent many evenings riding her horse. Dr. Johnsen joined Veterinary Agri-Health Services in May 2015 as an associate veterinarian. She is a generalist in beef cattle practice, enjoying both cow/calf and feedlot medicine. Since joining the practice she has developed a special interest in small ruminant production and medicine. In her spare time she enjoys rock climbing, cross country skiing and spending time in the mountains with her husband, Mat, her son, Felix, and their two dogs.
MATT KUMLIN, DVM earned his Animal Science degree in 2010 from the University of Saskatchewan. From there he studied Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary (UCVM), graduating in 2014. Matt worked for 3.5 years as a cow calf veterinarian as well as an advanced reproductive veterinarian at Bow Valley Livestock Health and Bow Valley Genetics in Brooks AB. He has now come back to take over the family ranch and work at VAHS. He currently runs 170 commercial cows and 30 purebred red angus females with his wife Angela, son's Wade and Bennett, and his father Alvin on their ranch SW of Cochrane in Jumping Pound. Matt’s professional interests are all things to do with cow calf medicine, with special interest in breeding soundness evaluation of bulls. In his non-professional life Matt loves roping at brandings, hunting and fishing and of course red angus cattle.
SYDNEY CROSBY, DVM, MFAM Dr. Sydney Crosby hails from the state of Georgia. She grew up in military family that was stationed throughout the south during her upbringing. It was always Sydney’s dream to become a veterinarian, but she developed an interest in food animals when she became heavily involved in her school’s FFA Agriculture program. She received her Bachelor of Science in Agriculture from the University of Georgia, and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and Master of Food Animal degrees from the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine. Go Dawgs! Her professional interests include calf health and management, data analysis, surgery, pathology, and theriogenology. Although cold temperatures usually deter southerners from traveling north of the Mason-Dixon line, Sydney was determined to move to Canada where she could pursue a career as a feed lot and cow-calf consultant in an area where the finest consulting practices were located with a dense population of cattle. She also heard that Canada was a beautiful and fun place to live (even if it does get to -40°C)! Sydney came to Canada in summer of 2017, and practiced feed yard medicine in Picture Butte prior to joining the team at Veterinary Agri-Health Services in 2019. In fall 2018, Sydney adopted a Bernese Mountain Dog pup, Maligne, named after one of her favorite places in Canada, the majestic Maligne Lake in Jasper, Alberta. In her spare time, Sydney likes to escape to the Rockies, practice yoga, watch college football (and dabble in watching hockey), travel internationally, and bond with her Berner.
TOMMY WARE, DVM is from the small town of Pontotoc, Mississippi. He recently moved to Alberta and began work at VAHS in May of 2019. He completed his undergraduate degree in Animal and Dairy Sciences in 2015 and his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree in 2019, both completed at Mississippi State University. He is married to his lovely wife, Dr. Peyton Ware, who is a veterinarian as well. In his spare time, Tommy likes to dabble in team roping and take his dogs on hiking adventures with Peyton. He comes from a cow/calf background where he and his mother and father in-law raised commercial Brangus/Hereford crosses. He has a large interest in ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis and cow/calf medicine
BRUCE STOVER, DVM graduated from the Western College of Veterinary Medicine (WCVM) in 2009. He worked as an associate veterinarian and practice owner in British Columbia and Alberta over the next 7 years. Bruce joined the University of Calgary Veterinary medicine (UCVM) as a clinical instructor in 2016 where he remains on faculty today. Veterinary Agri-Health Services is Bruce’s clinical home where he can often be found mentoring future veterinarians. Dr. Stover enjoys all aspects of practice including small animal, cow/calf, dairy and equine. Bruce lives on a small acreage near Dogpound, AB, with his wife, Dr. Claire Windeyer, a veterinarian and associate professor at UCVM, and their four, now five horses. He enjoys most outdoor pursuits in the mountains, especially pack trips.
KARIN ORSEL, DVM completed her DVM at Utrecht University in 1996 and following locum work in several veterinary clinics in The Netherlands returned to her alma mater in 1997 to work in the ambulatory clinic of the Department of Farm Animal Health. Her active involvement in an epidemiologic study of the Foot and Mouth Disease outbreak in the U.K. in 2001 motivated her to enroll in graduate studies on this topic. She received an MSc in Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics (2004) and subsequently a PhD (2007). In 2008, she and her husband moved to Canada to join the University of Calgary, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, working with a focus on epidemiology of diseases of cattle. In 2009, she passed both the NAVLE (enabling her to practice with a full license in Alberta) and the board exam of the European College of Bovine Herd Management. Currently, Dr. Orsel leads the UCVM’s Cattle Health Research Group and is the designated faculty member associated with Veterinary Agri-Health Services as part of the Distributed Veterinary Teaching Hospital of the University of Calgary.
As a veterinary epidemiologist, her main interests are herd-level approaches to health, disease transmission and identifying risk factors for multi-factorial diseases. Currently, her research includes both beef and dairy cattle, with a focus on lameness, specifically digital dermatitis, Johne’s disease, bovine leucosis and other infectious diseases at the herd level.
REGISTERED VETERINARY TECHNICIANS
ASHLEY GAUDET, RVT, VTSCP is a first-generation cattle producer from Prince Edward Island who has called the foothills of Southern Alberta home since 2009. She has been involved in the cattle industry for the last 21 years, having gotten her start at an early age by taking an interest in helping her neighbors with their cattle. She eventually joined 4-H to show cattle for them and attributes her decision to pursue a career in veterinary medicine to the rewarding experiences gained from caring for her 4-H animals. Knowing that she wanted to work exclusively with cattle, Ashley sought employment in that field following completion of her Veterinary Technician diploma in 2008, which ultimately resulted in her move to Alberta. In 2015 she pursued that passion further by completing a technician specialty in Clinical Practice specific to Production Animal Medicine and is currently the only technician in Canada with that designation. Her experience, background and increased scope of practice lends her to add value to the practice in ways that were not possible before she pursued her VTS. In addition to contributing on the field team, Ashley is also taking courses towards completing her certificate in veterinary practice management. When not working with cows, Ashley enjoys spending her time with her Catahoula Leopard dog, Wilbur, or working as an Officer in the Canadian Armed Forces, teaching youth in the Royal Canadian Air Cadets to fly airplanes.
SANDY DEBRUIN, RVT, INVENTORY ADMINISTRATOR achieved her AHT diploma from the University College of the Cariboo in Kamloops, BC. From there she worked for a mixed animal practice in North Central BC before working 5 years on a 450 head cow/calf ranch in Princeton, BC. She then headed East on her quest to continue to work with cattle. She began working in a feedlot, riding pens, treating & processing cattle. She worked for VAHS back in 2006-2009 as a tech & inventory administrator before heading back to the feedlots, returning again to VAHS in 2017. She & her husband have a small herd of cattle & horses that keep her busy in her spare time.
SHELBY BENNETT, RVT recently graduated from the Olds College AHT program in May 2019. Coming from a wealth of Equine experience, Shelby has always had a passion for cattle and has decided to make the switch to a bovine career with VAHS. Shelby grew up in BC but as soon as she could move out to Alberta, 9 years ago, she did and has never looked back. Working for various farms, ranches and horse trainers, all over Alberta, Shelby brings with her lots of great skills to help her excel at VAHS as a newly graduated RVT. In her spare time Shelby is out riding/training horses with her assistant canine companion. Her 5 year plan includes settling down in the Airdrie area, purchasing some property and working towards a VTS (Veterinary Technician Speciality).
MARLENE SHEILS, OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR started with VAHS as both the Office and Inventory Administrator in 2004 when it was only a 2 vet practice. Marlene has grown with the business since then, managing all accounts payable and receivable for the business. She is usually the first person that you will speak to when you call and the first face you will see when visiting VAHS. Outside of work, Marlene and her husband Darcy love to camp, fish, spend time with their grandchildren and volunteer with senior organizations.
CORISSA MILES-BOYCHUK, SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR received her diploma at Olds College for Veterinary Medical Receptionist in 2009. After graduation Corissa officially joined VAHS as the Inventory Administrator and remained in that position for 7 years. Corissa was an international trampoline competitor during most of her career at VAHS and left for a year to pursue coaching the sport she is so passionate about. She returned to the VAHS team in the fall of 2017, working in various departments of the company such as marketing, accounting, inventory, IT, and general administration. Corissa is still judging trampoline gymnastics, and enjoys spending her free time with her wife, Sara, and their two cats.