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.


Due to COVID-19, unfortunately we are not accepting applications at this time.

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Our externship program provides veterinary students with experience in bovine medicine, focusing on herd health. Externships are arranged in 1-2 week blocks and preference will be given to fourth year veterinary students.  During July and August externs will not be accepted as our case load is too low during this time.  Accommodations are not provided, although we can assist with possible options.


Bovine experience is not mandatory. Successful candidates chosen may be based on:

-Interest in food animal production


-Academic achievements



Externship positions are subject to change due to COVID-19. At this time we are accepting applications for positions starting in Fall 2022. Please send a letter of intent outlining why you are seeking this position & how you plan to use your training, as well as a current resume.



The Advanced Beef Production Medicine (ABPM) rotation is a non-clinical externship opportunity available to 4th year veterinary students scheduled to graduate during Spring 2023. 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, cattle selection, risk management, etc.


Applications for the 2022 ABPM Rotation are now closed. 

Student membership in either WCABP, AABP, or AVC is required to apply for this competitive externship. When applications are open, please submit a current resume, as well as a 1-page letter of intent outlining your involvement in the beef industry, your goals for the rotation, & your career aspirations.