Rural residents still hoping for vet

Rural residents still are trying to land a large-animal veterinarian to attend to their animals more regularly. The vet committee recently held a meeting to see what options it has.
“We will continue to lobby for designation—a contract for mileage, which is what we once had,” said committee member Kim Jo Bliss.
She said it’s especially hard to get good vet service because it’s such a large district to cover.
“The vet can spend more time on the road then practising,” she noted.
Last September, the provincial government turned down an application for veterinary designation and funding for budgeting reasons.
The vet committee worries about animal emergencies, including difficult calvings.
As well, they’re concerned about the workload of the two Fort Frances-based vets who have to visit farms all over the district while maintaining the Nor-West Animal Clinic in town.