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W.A. Ranches

at the University of Calgary

In 2018,  J.C. (Jack) Anderson and his daughter Wynne Chisholm donated W.A. Ranches to the University of Calgary, fundamentally transforming education and research at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (UCVM). The university will continue to operate the ranch - now called W.A. Ranches at the University of Calgary - for the purposes of teaching and learning, research, and community engagement.

Students and faculty across many disciplines and from around the world will benefit directly from access to a working ranch. The study of cattle in the complex, real-farm context will enable research that can improve management practices for ranchers as well as academic programming that produces better veterinarians with more hands-on experience.

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News from the Ranch

How to donate a cattle ranch — and what to do with it when you get it

5 years in, W.A. Ranches is transforming agriculture education and research at UCalgary

Stampede like a giant outdoor classroom for vet med students

Students connect with community, grow their appreciation of industry, and support animal welfare research

Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch

Vet Med’s 19,000-acre backyard is fertile ground for discovery by the largest group of researchers working on beef in North America.

Mutual Attraction: W. A. Ranches Investigates How Bats and Cattle Can Help Each Other

One is constantly shooing away insects; the other is hunting them down

UCalgary cattle researcher wins prestigious Merck Veterinary Award

Claire Windeyer works closely with ranchers to keep calves healthy

Gift from Canadian Cattlemen’s Foundation opens doors to national youth program at ‘ranch of opportunities’

W.A. Ranches launches initiative to connect young people — both rural and urban — with cattle industry