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Prairie Swine Health Services expands into poultry

Teryn Girard joins the team to anchor poultry health services.


November 19, 2020
By Canadian Poultry magazine

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Poultry veterinarian Teryn Girard has joined the Prairie Swine Health Services team.

A new chapter in the history of one of Canada’s leading agriculture focused veterinary services is underway as Prairie Swine Health Services expands into poultry, led by the announcement of poultry veterinarian Teryn Girard joining the team. Girard brings with her the great relationships she has made with Cargill Animal Nutrition and other poultry industry teams.

“The time is right for our company to expand into poultry health services,” says Egan Brockhoff, owner of Prairie Swine Health Services. “There are many complementary and synergistic aspects of working across both species. Our team is excited to support poultry producers at an important time of industry evolution and opportunity.”

Strengthening the team
Girard, who completed her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Calgary, has been recognized among Canada’s top young poultry veterinarians and has built a strong reputation early in her burgeoning career, bringing a wealth of passion and expertise to the role.

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“We are very pleased to welcome Dr. Girard to help anchor and direct our poultry services,” Brockhoff says. “She is an excellent fit with the next generation team and vision we are building, adding to our culture of service excellence, teamwork, progressive thinking and innovative approaches to drive success.”

Driving poultry progress
Girard grew up in St. Albert, Alberta. Prior to veterinary school, she completed a master’s of poultry behaviour and welfare at the University of Alberta. During her time at the University of Calgary Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM), Girard was elected class valedictorian and won the Canadian Veterinary Medicine Leadership Award. She practices both poultry and swine veterinary medicine, enjoys presenting at poultry conferences and small flock workshops, and regularly guest lectures at the University of Alberta and University of Calgary.

“I couldn’t be more excited to join the Prairie Swine Health Services team,” Girard says. “Today’s operations face many new challenges and expectations. At the same time, with ongoing advances in knowledge and strategies, there is excellent potential for innovation to support success in this new environment. I look forward to working with many producers and industry in this new role.”

Girard will be spending the majority of her time focusing on the poultry group within Cargill Animal Nutrition in Western Canada.