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Bison Health Panel

Amanda Van De Kerckhove

Amanda received her BSA in Animal Science and MSc inRuminant Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan. She joined Co-op Feedsin 2010 as ruminant nutritionist and deals with all livestock except chickensand pigs. As a nutritionist, Amanda is responsible for product development,ration formulation, and knowledge transfer. She provides technical support forproducers and sales people.

Pat Burrage

Dr. Burrage has been an owner/operator of two rural mixed practices in his 35 year career. His focus has been large animal; primarily beef cow calf, equine and alternative livestock (bison, elk). He has provided lectures to producers and veterinarians on bison health and management, both locally and internationally throughout his career. He has also co-authored several research studies on identifying diseases of bison. He currently provides veterinary consultation and services to feedlot, cow calf and alternative livestock clients in Alberta.

Roy Lewis DVM

Dr. Roy Lewis Graduated from WCVM (Western College of Veterinary Medicine) in 1981 and was a partner at the Westlock Veterinary Clinic until Dec 2012.

He has been a large animal practitioner for 40 years mainly in beef cattle (both commercial cattle and purebred herds) & bison. He did have his own bison herd of 70 cows until 2014.

His interests are preventative medicine, fertility both bulls and cows as well as animal welfare. He has written numerous producer articles in magazines such as the Western Producer, Alberta Farmer Express, Grain news, Smoke Signals and several cattle breed magazines..

Roy joined Merck Animal Health 2012 as a technical services veterinarian part time until June 2020. He has two kids daughter Cali (A veterinarian graduated 2015 from UCVM) and son Colton a medical resident doctor (Graduated 2019 U of A).

Roy spends some time examining and lecturing the veterinary students at the University of Calgary.

Roy is also part of a family owned purebred Simmental& Angus cattle (1000 cows) grain and 500 acres of potatoes mixed farming operation near Spruce Grove Alberta “Lewis Farms”.

Sam Wauer

After graduating from the Western College of VeterinaryMedicine in 2015, Dr. Sam Wauer practiced as a beef and dairy veterinarian insouthwest Saskatchewan. Pursuing his interest in industry involvement andbusiness management, Dr. Wauer completed his Master of Business Administration(MBA) at the University of Saskatchewan. Since then, Dr. Wauer’s breadth ofexperience has ranged from small business entrepreneur, medium-sized veterinarypractice manager, to joining the Canadian veterinary services team with MerckAnimal Health in 2020. Dr. Wauer is located in central Saskatchewan on a smallbeef cow-calf operation.