Vet Students

Ray Butler Fund

The Ray Butler Fund allocates funds per year to support exposure to veterinary students to bovine practice.

The Ray Butler Fund has recently contributed to the following activities:

  • $670 to support 18 students attending Dairy Day Field Trip
  • $1,500 to support 11 students Alberta Feedlot Field Trip
  • $1,500 to support 14 students attending an AI clinic in the Saskatoon area
  • $800 to provide pizza lunch for 150 students while hearing the presentation by Dr. Cec Rushkowski
  • $1,000 to support 14 students travelling to Lakeland College to participate in an AI clinic
  • $2,000 to support 12 students travelling to Lakeland College to participate in an AI clinic.
  • $1,000 to assist Dylan Biggs presenting a 'Cattle Handling Clinic' - 26 WCVM students attended.
  • $1,000 to assist Dr. Steve Hendrick in taking 25 members of the WCVM Bovine Club on a tour of Alberta Feedlots, the UCVM, and to meet with private practitioners.

WCABP welcomes your financial support to enable this initiative.

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WCVM Production Animal Club

The Production Animal Club has been gearing up this Fall for another great year as the largest club at the WCVM. We are pleased to say we have expanded our Executive: we now have two bovine representatives coordinating Bovine events, one for Dairy and one for Beef. By separating the two, we will be able to bring in guest speakers and organize labs more specific to those interests, which we feel reflects the importance of these industries in Western Canada. In addition, we have added an Aquatics position to our Executive because of the growing interest in this area among students in our college. With the dairy addition, our goal is to put the new BCF Ultrasound that our previous PAC President, Dr. Devon Wilson, won to use by giving students the opportunity to practice ultrasonography on farm. We are excited to have this teaching machine, as we feel ultrasonography has become an important tool in production animal medicine. Dr. Hockley, Director of the VMC, has agreed to buy a screen for the ultrasound, which will allow students more exposure to ultrasound imaging and will facilitate teaching.

A dozen students are gearing up this week for a dehorning lab at a local dairy to learn how to properly and humanely dehorn dairy calves. There was enough interest in this trip that the club will explore setting up another lab in the spring to let everyone that wants to participate to do so.

From our swine representatives, we have had a number of lectures. Dr. Jackie Gallant gave an excellent lecture on Autogenous Vaccines and Dr. John Harding donated a lunch hour to have a discussion about current swine practices that are controversial in the public eye, and how to approach these topics.

On the small ruminant side, our annual llama and alpaca handling lab was a complete success. Students practiced their camelid handling skills with the WCVM llama and alpaca herd and assisted with their fall herd-health checks. To provide some sheep exposure to club members, an ultrasound lab is tentatively being planned for mid-January to a sheep farm to provide students experience with pregnancy diagnosis, as well as with measuring back-fat in finished lambs.

Last, and certainly not least, the Public Relations Representatives have been working hard to provide a new way for club members to stay informed about production animal systems and industries. They have created a monthly forum where Representatives from each branch of the Production Animal Club send in current news from their industry. The news is then compiled into a short document and sent out to the PAC members so they can stay up to date with industry news, even during the busy school year. Not only that, but we have also started our own twitter account for the club: @wcvm_pac so be sure to follow us!
Cordell Young
PAC President

The 2015-2016 Senior Executive are as follows:
President: Cordell Young (& Senior Small Ruminant Rep)
Vice President: Joe Cocker(& Senior Therio Rep)
Treasurer/Secretary: Brianna Thiemann
Public Relations: Travis Marfleet
Poultry Rep: Luke Nickel
Swine Rep: Samantha Goossen
Beef Rep: Justin Kristjansson
Dairy Rep: Beverly Chard
Aquatics Rep: Carly Legault
AABP Rep: Brittany Smith


UCVM Production Animal Health Club

Greetings, everyone! It is with great excitement that I write my first column as this year’s UCVM Production Animal Health Club president. I look forward to filling you in on club events throughout the next year.

Our members have been busy throughout this summer: either working summer jobs or travelling on externships and vacations. That said, I think many of us are getting the itch to head back to classes and continue on our vet school journey.

The PAH club has not had any events since our holidays started at the end of April. Because of this, I thought that I would instead take this opportunity to introduce to you to this year’s PAH club executive members:

President: Becky Tees – I originally hail from Fort Steele, BC where my siblings and I were the fifth generation raised on my family’s beef ranch. Growing up, I was involved in 4-H and rodeo. Shortly after high school, I moved to Alberta where I worked as a feedlot pen rider for a few years. Then, while my husband was on tour in Afghanistan with the Canadian military, I spent 8 months in Australia where I worked on a cattle station as a jillaroo. Last summer, I worked as a summer student at Feedlot Health Management Services and spent this summer throughout the United States on bovine and equine externships. This will be my third year of study at UCVM. Outside of vet school, I enjoy fly fishing, training on my horses, and keeping busy with our small Red Angus herd at my husband’s family farm near Ponoka. After graduation, I hope to work in a rural practice with an abundance of cattle and equine cases.

Vice President: Alycia Webster – Alycia originates from the booming metropolis of Champion, Alberta and was a proud 4-H member growing up. After her undergraduate studies at the University of Regina, Alycia worked at Feedlot Health Management Services for three years on both the Animal Health Team as well as the Feeds and Feeding team. This year, Alycia will be in her second year at UCVM. I would like to extend a huge congratulations to Alycia and her new husband, Riley, on their recent nuptials that occurred in July. After graduation, Alycia is interested in pursuing a career in large animal practice.

VP Events: Robyn Kennedy – Robyn comes from Water Valley, Alberta where she grew up on a mixed commercial cattle and horse ranch. She has always loved working with large animals and hopes to continue to do so after graduation. According to Robyn, the more large animals she can work with, the better! This year will be Robyn’s second at UCVM. When she’s not busy with vet school, Robyn likes trail riding, fishing, hunting, and camping.

Secretary: Carling Matejka – Carling grew up on a purebred Hereford and Angus seedstock operation near Ponoka, Alberta. Growing up, she was an active 4-H member and continues to judge at youth livestock shows. Carling is entering her third year at UCVM. After graduation, Carling hopes to work at a bovine or mixed practice and looks forward to educating society about misconceptions in agriculture. At UCVM, Carling is also our health and wellness representative, Purina representative, AABP representative, and co-coordinator of UCVM’s Wellness day. Her two greatest passions outside of vet school are agriculture and weight lifting.

Treasurer: Erin Kolodzej – Erin grew up in Springbank on a small farm with miniature horses, sheep, and chickens. Before UCVM, she earned a Degree in Agriculture at the University of Alberta and also did research on dairy and turkey nutrition. Additionally, Erin investigated the implications of immunocastration and its potential to be integrated into Alberta’s pork industry as a capstone project.
Last summer, Erin worked as a summer student at Oyen Veterinary Services and spent this summer working for TD Equine near Calgary. When she’s not at school, Erin likes training and showing her miniatures horses, riding, hiking, basketball, and volleyball. After she graduates in 2018, Erin aims to work in mixed large animal practice with a focus on bovine and equine.

The PAH club board members are all very excited to meet the new first year students that will soon be coming through UCVM’s doors. In September, we will be holding elections for a new First Year Representative and Junior VP Events from this crop of new faces.

Respectfully submitted,
Becky Tees