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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - June 11, 1974, Lethbridge, Alberta 4 LETHBRIDGE HERALD Tuesday, June 11, 1974 Elly Holowaychuk examines a chicken for parasites. Poultry industry wooing female vets By RIC SWIHART, Herald Staff Writer The Alberta poultry industry has selected a girl for the first time to try to woo into service as a specialized veterinarian For the past four years, the poultry industry has paid part of the salary of a veterinary medicinal student during the summer vacation months This allows them to conduct the student throughout the province to see all facets of their industry and hopefully of obtaining additional veterinarians specializing in the industry Elly Holowaychuk spent two weeks travelling throughout Southern Alberta as part cf the poultry industry program A native of Medicine Hat and a 1972 graduate of the University of Lethbndge Mrs Holowaychuk has two years of study remaining at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine in Saskatoon She is working for the summer in the provincial O S Longman Laboratory in Edmonton, specializing in poultry Veterinary medicine has traditionally been man-oriented but women are fast making their impact felt Only two women graduated in 1972 while 20 are expected to graduate in 1977 Mrs Holowaychuk said specializing in the poultry industry isn't in her plans But the experience she is gaining this summer will give her valuable training for eventual work in Northern Alberta She is married to another veterinary medical student at Saskatoon Her husband, who is to graduate in 1975, is from Smokey Lake, 50 miles northeast of Edmonton When Mrs Holowaychuk gets her veterinary papers, the couple wants to establish a family practice in the north Alberta will always be home "We just like Alberta The thoughts of tackling all types of large farm animals doesn't phase Mrs Holowaychuk "With all the machinery and special chutes in service these days, a woman can handle any situation if she uses her she said "Besides, the farmer will usually be around if any strength is needed With some women veterinarians entering pet practice, research, service with the federal or provincial governments or teaching. Mrs Holowaychuk wants to "do everything from soup to nuts She feels this will be the only way to make a success of a veterinary practice in Northern Alberta because of the small population For a girl who wanted to be a university teacher, one who worked as a Lethbndge lifeguard for three summers and whose mother opposed her choice of professions Mrs Holowaychuk has done well It will be seven years since she started the post secondary education when she walks out of the veterinary college for the last time in 1976 ;