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Task Force Reviews Veterinary Service

by 5m Editor
22 February 2008, at 11:53am

CANADA - A task force will begin reviewing all facets of veterinary services in Manitoba, Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk announced today.

"The responsibilities of veterinarians are evolving and their duties now include providing surveillance for the potential threat of foreign animal diseases that could have serious consequences for Manitoba's wild animals and the province's livestock industry," said Wowchuk. "As the services required from veterinarians expand, it remains important that Manitoba's producers have timely access to veterinary medical care for their livestock. We need to review what services are needed and how they can be made available."


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"This review process will help to ensure we all have a clear understanding of the services that need to be available and the roles of veterinarians"
Minister Rosann Wowchuk

The task force will examine how veterinary services are distributed, systems currently in place for early warning and surveillance of both local and foreign animal diseases, and how effectively provincial services are responding to increased demands on veterinarians.

The task force is chaired by livestock producer Ron Kostyshyn and includes veterinarian Dr. Paul Schneider and private citizen Neil Hathaway. Task force support is provided by Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives.

Public consultations are scheduled in Eriksdale on March 3, Dauphin on March 4, Souris on March 5, St. Claude on March 6 and Oak Bluff on March 7. Local advertisements will provide exact locations and times for the meetings.

The minister noted the task force will also re-examine current legislation and existing provincial programs, review how veterinary services are provided in other jurisdictions and make recommendations on options to meet current and future demands for veterinary medical service for all provincial livestock producers and animal owners.

"This review process will help to ensure we all have a clear understanding of the services that need to be available and the roles of veterinarians, the public and government in safeguarding the health of our animals and livestock industries," said the minister.

5m Editor