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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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Strategic Priorities

The strategic priorities of the ranch are:


Fostering an empowered and connected community of scholarship, research and service.

Expanding and Integrating

Expanding and Integrating our global community through One Health, Indigenous engagement and internationalization.


Strengthening our clinical and diagnostic community.


Enhancing the learning experience of our postgraduate trainees.

Long-Range Development Plan

The Long-Range Development Plan (LRDP) is the result of 2 years of extensive community collaboration. It sets overarching guidelines and parameters to ensure W.A. Ranches develops in a holistic manner, responds to changing needs, and engages the communities UCalgary and UCVM both serve and lead. It provides a framework to support the vision of research, education, and community outreach.

News from the Ranch

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...

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UCalgary researchers publish first study on welfare of bucking horses at Calgary Stampede

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W.A. Ranches lays out long-range plan

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A day in the life of a bull: Researchers move from Calgary Stampede to W.A. Ranches

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