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Development of products related to veterinary health of animals for food and breeding including the collection, distribution and sale of animal genetics is driving innovation and science around veterinary health of animals.

With its proximity to farm land and transportation links, Calgary has specialized capabilities in animal in-vitro fertilization, embryo collection and transfer, and genetic material storage that has created a global market for animal genetics with a specialty in cows, bulls and studs.

Firms in this sector market premium products that command premium prices on global markets due to the strong genetic profile of Alberta animals. Calgary’s airport is critical infrastructure as these products can be efficiently and affordably shipped internationally. Alberta accounted for 40% ($300M) of the country’s animal exports in 2015.