Smallholder animal health surveillance information

Animal health and surveillance information for smallholder/small-scale producers of poultry, swine, sheep and goats, and their veterinarians

WeCAHN Smallholder Animal Health and Surveillance Information

Smallholder or "backyard" producers face unique challenges in maintaining and promoting the health of their animals. WeCAHN supports smallholder producers, and the veterinarians who serve them, in a variety of ways: updates on emerging issues, timely infographics and reports on important topics, and podcasts, for both producers and veterinarians. For full access to these materials, please join us.

Veterinarians are also invited to subscribe to WeCAHN listservs in which the questions of non-specialist veterinarians serving smallholder clients are answered by swine and poultry experts. To subscribe, please contact us

Western veterinary practitioners accepting small scale producer clients

  Practitioner Name  Email  Province Practice  Address Web-site  Phone General  Poultry  Swine Sheep-goats
   Nicole Desautels  AB Animal Care Centre Strathmore Link 403-901-1800      X      

 Kent Fenton AB FHM            X      
   Teryn Girard AB Prairie Livestock Veterinarians Red Deer  Link               X    
  Savannah  Howse  AB Rocky Rapids Veterinary Services  Drayton       Valley  Link 780-542-2144      X      
  Deb Johnson
AB FHM            X      
  Hollyn Maloney Hollyn@PRAIRIESWINEHEALTH.COM AB Prairie Livestock Veterinarians Red Deer Link           X      X  
  Frank Marshall AB Marshall Swine and Poultry Camrose Link  
     X      X  
  Carling Matejka AB Fen Vet Airdrie Link 587-602-4442      X      X      X           X
  Wendy Quist AB Frontier Veterinary Services Fort Vermilion Link        X      
  Lynn Tait AB OC Flock Management Red Deer Link                   X
  Lisa Wayne                X                    

Michelle Woodruff AB Woodruff Veterinary Services Ltd Tomahawk Link 780-339-2131      X       X             X
  Gigi Lin BC Canadian Poultry Consultants; Small Flock Veterinary Care Abbottsford Link           X    
  Christina Lyn BC Greenbelt Veterinary Services Chilliwack Link                    X
  Brian McOnie BC Creekside Animal Clinic Vernon Link 250-549-3533                X
  Harv Domoslai BC Corman Park Veterinary Services  Saskatoon Link 306-384-7676       X      
  Ernie Miciak AB                

Premises identification is important

The identification of premises consists of providing information about a specific location (i.e. contact information, location, type of agricultural and agri-food operation on the site, and animal species kept). Once the information has been received and validated by the provincial or territorial government where the premises is located, a unique identification number is provided for this specific location. This premises identification number is then used when reporting the receipt or departure of animals from this premises. Premises identification is a way of linking livestock and poultry to land locations and is critical to support disease control activities and for managing animal health emergencies.

For more information, or to register your farm, following are the provincial premises ID websites:

British Columbia




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Small scale swine resources

Information on small scale swine production
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Small scale poultry resources

Infographics and reports on small scale poultry production and animal health
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Small scale small ruminant resources

Small ruminants infographics and reports
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Small Scale Animal Health Podcasts

Updates on current topics in smallholder production and animal health