How We Got Our Start
Fabulous Acres Mobile Bee Services (FABS) was established to fulfill a need that has evolved as a result of changes in legislation (dubbed Antimicrobial Stewardship). As of December 1st, 2018, all farmers, including beekeepers, need a veterinary prescription for Medically Important Antibiotics (MIAs). In order to help out both the beekeeping and veterinary communities, Dr. Fabio Tarable reached out to the College of Veterinarians of Ontario (CVO) to become Ontario's first veterinary bee facility. FABS's objective is to help educate and support beekeepers during this transition as well as on an ongoing basis.
Dr. Fabio Tarable graduated from the Ontario Veterinary College in 1996 and has been practicing small animal medicine at the Arnold Crescent Animal Hospital since 1997. He has always been fascinated by the world of bees, but it wasn't until 2013 that he started to look more closely at beekeeping. In 2014, Dr. Tarable took his first "hands on" course at Dancing Bee Apiary and came home with two hives. He has since grown his Apiary to 21 hives on his property at Fabulous Acres. Dr. Tarable has continued his education in beekeeping by taking several online courses in addition to practical courses with Guelph's tech transfer program. He has also been inspected by OMAFRA (Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs) who approved him to raise and sell queens and nucs.
The intention of FABS is to be a positive influence in keeping the bee population healthy and strong. That is best accomplished through good management practices...which can only happen with quality education and support. Local beekeeping supply stores will continue to be a very important and valuable resource for beekeepers. It is essential for beekeepers to have a good working relationship with these stores (click here for a list of great suppliers in the area). The only difference will be the purchasing of MIAs needed for the treatment of foulbrood. (click here for a information on bee diseases and treatments). Beekeepers will now need to establish a relationship with a veterinarian that is knowledgeable in beekeeping in order to treat their hives (click here to learn how).
FABS believes that a strong partnership between beekeepers, beekeeping supply stores, knowledgeable veterinarians and OMAFRA is the key to keeping healthy bees.