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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.


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 including pregnancy diagnosis, bull breeding soundness exams, post-mortem diagnosis, common bovine surgeries, obstetrics, cattle handling and basic diagnostics. In addition to our teaching responsibilities with the UCVM, we do offer veterinary students from other universities externship opportunities when they can be accommodated in our teaching schedule.

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Our Advanced Beef Production Medicine (ABPM) rotation is a competitive, non-clinical externship opportunity available to 4th year veterinary students scheduled to graduate during Spring 2024. This rotation is ideal for those with a keen interest in cow-calf and/or feedlot production medicine & consulting. Ten successful applicants will be given the unique opportunity to learn from various veterinarians and other industry professionals who are experts in preventive medicine, nutrition, management-intensive grazing, marketing, EPDs, risk management, etc.

Requirements include:

- Demonstrated career interest in beef cattle production medicine

- Passing grade in a Cattle Diseases elective

- Student membership in a professional bovine veterinary organization such as AABP, AVC, WCABP/CABV/ACVB, or equivalent.


Applications are now closed. We will open applications for the 2025 rotation in September 2024.

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