2013 Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year

April 30, 2013 Written by WCABP
Dr. Doug Myers (Boehringer Ingelheim) makes presentation to Dr. Michael Jelinski Dr. Doug Myers (Boehringer Ingelheim) makes presentation to Dr. Michael Jelinski

This year's recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year award was Dr. Michael Jelinski from Airdrie, Alberta.

Mike grew up in Regina, SK and attended the University of Regina, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 1981. The following year he was accepted into the WCVM and graduated in 1986. His first employment was at Valley Veterinary Clinic in Drumheller where he worked for two years before moving to Crossfield, Alberta and joining Davis-Rairdan and Nagel. In 1993 he left Crossfield to follow his dream; starting a beef consulting practice to provide high quality animal health services to a limited clientele. This was the beginning of Veterinary Agri-Health Services.

This summer, VAHS will celebrate its 20th anniversary. Mike's beginnings with VAHS were very humble. He started with a truck, an office in the basement of his house, but mostly a very supportive clientele that appreciated his efforts and wanted him to succeed. The practice has grown over the years, focusing exclusively on beef practice and currently has three additional veterinarians - Drs. Craig Dorin, Nathan Erickson and Cody Creelman.

Mike has always looked ahead to see what was required to ensure VAHS and its clients were among the most progressive in the beef industry. He developed his first health software program in 1996. The ability to provide computerized records and data analysis has been the backbone of VAHS from the beginning. Nutrition recommendations, comprehensive health programs, custom trace mineral formulations and ultra sound pregnancy evaluations are examples where Mike has been an "early adopter" of technologies for supporting the animal health needs of his clients.

Mike has numerous strengths as a beef practitioner. His investigative diligence and diagnostic skill ensures any health problems his clients incur will have the best possible outcome. Mike also realizes the value of outside consultants and readily utilizes nutritionists, agrologists, industry technical service support and university faculty both at the WCVM and UCVM as a part of the team that formulates his recommendations.

Mike has always been involved in mentorship. He has encouraged young people in the area who have an interest in agriculture or veterinary medicine. This interest has evolved into formal mentorship relationships with the CCA Cattlemen's Young Leaders program and with students in the University of Calgary Veterinary program. He currently holds a Clinical Instructor Appointment with the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Distributed Learning Community at the U of C. He also provides advice and support to the many colleagues who call for advice.

I believe Mike Jelinski is an exemplary beef cattle practitioner and would be a very worthy recipient of the Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year.

Congratulations Mike on being named the 2013 Boehringer Ingelheim WCABP Veterinarian of the Year!

Thank You from Dr. Michael Jelinski

To the Western Canadian Association of Bovine Practitioners:
I would like to extend my sincere appreciation to Boehringer Ingelheim and the WCABP for this award. Given the many talented and deserving individuals in our association, this is truly an honour.

There are a number of people I owe a great debt of gratitude for their help and support throughout my career that I would like to acknowledge. First, I would like to thank the faculty of the WCVM, past and present, who gave me such an outstanding education. I would also like to acknowledge two of my mentors, Dr. Grant Royan and Dr. Roger Davis, who set an example of excellence in veterinary medicine and for their guidance in steering me on the road to a lifelong career in bovine practice.

I would also like to thank my business partner Dr. Craig Dorin, not only for his kind words but also for his immense contributions to the success of our practice. To my brother Murray, thank you for the absolutely countless hours we have enjoyed discussing all things veterinary. I have truly enjoyed it and it has enriched my career.
Lastly and most importantly, to my wife JoAnn and my daughters Dana and Kate; as veterinarians I think we all try to strike that balance between work and family life and this can be challenging when running a busy practice. Thank you for your understanding and unwavering support – this would never have been possible without you.

Thank you
Michael Jelinski DVM

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