About Us




Who We Are


Located in Picture Butte, the heart of cattle country, Alberta Beef Health Solutions has been in business for over 14 years providing high quality veterinary health and production management services to its feedlot clients, both cattle and lamb producers.

Professional Services

These professional services include, but are not limited, to the following:

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ANIMAL HEALTH

Animal health and production management services for feedlot cattle and lambs

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PHARMACEUTICAL

Pharmaceutical and animal health equipment procurement, prescriptions, and dispensing with feedlot inventory management

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TRAINING

Feedlot staff training and monitoring

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NECROPSY SERVICES

Conduct necropsies of mortalities at feedlots to objectively monitor health and welfare and identify ways to improve animal health and performance
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EMERGENCY

Emergency veterinary services including individual animal assessments, treatment, and surgeries

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INSPECTION

Provincial meat inspection services for emergency slaughters

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CFIA

CFIA regulatory services, including auditing for: US feeder cattle and lamb imports, US fed cattle exports, EU certification.

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RESEARCH

Research services in-house and 3rd party with industry, universities, governments, pharmaceutical companies

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HEALTH & PRODUCTION

Health and production data analysis, monitoring, and reporting

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PAACO CERTIFIED CANADIAN FEEDLOT ANIMAL CARE ASSESSMENT PROGRAM

Provide auditing services for PAACO (Professional Animal Auditor Certification Organization) and CRSB (Canadian Roundtable of Sustainable Beef) certification

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SPECIAL

Special projects for clients including value chain program development and implementation

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DEVELOPMENT

Development, monitoring, and continual improvement of individual and herd health protocols, performance enhancement protocols, animal welfare protocols, environmental management protocols, low stress cattle handling protocols

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PHARMACEUTICAL APPS

Custom producer ordering, vet dispensing, and vet prescription linked apps

Blog Articles

August 10, 2018

Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed named as the 2017 Metacam® 20* Bovine Welfare Award winner

Omaha, Nebraska, September 14, 2017 – Dr. Joyce Van Donkersgoed of Coaldale, Alberta has been named the recipient of the 2017 Metacam® 20 Bovine Welfare Award for her leadership in the Canadian beef industry to improve the welfare of feedlot animals. The award is presented annually by the Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians (CABV) / […]
August 9, 2018

Helping discover better ways to care for cattle

Joyce grew up in southern Alberta, on a farm just east of Coaldale. Her parents ran a cow calf feedlot and hay/grain operation, and before that a dairy herd, so she grew up as immersed in the cattle world as is possible! “When I was 12 years old I made my mind up I wanted […]

Careers

Alberta Beef Health Services (ABHS) has a mission to provide client focused veterinary services and expertise in beef cattle production medicine, animal welfare, food safety and field research.

The goal of ABHS is to work with our cattle clients to provide training programs that can give farmers a better way of doing things and to provide herd health programs that are evolving with the industry whether it’s a new vaccine, a better antibiotic or feed additive, or even the way we handle cattle.

We have a large focus on research projects, including partnerships with the government, pharmaceutical companies, and academic partners. At the end of the day we want to see that someone is better at their job and cattle are being better cared for.