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Bringing veterinary care to remote communities

You have likely heard me make the statement, “access to veterinary care is the number one animal welfare issue for companion animals”, and this is certainly the case for animals living in remote communities across the province. How to bring consistent veterinary care to remote communities is a major challenge – but an important challenge to address.

We are very excited to be part of a cohort of organizations across the country working together, with PetSmart Charities to address this important need. To do this, we have partnered with the CARE Network and Huu-ay-aht First Nation to support citizens and their furry family members living in Anacla (off the west coast of Vancouver Island).

Last week our teams were invited to the community to meet citizens and their pets, provide vaccines and parasite control and develop a better understanding of what the community would like to see in terms of animal welfare and veterinary care support. In total, we saw 35 pets (28 dogs and 7 cats). The hope is that over the next few years, we will develop important relationships and a model of mobile veterinary care that can support the community over the long term and be replicated across the province.

The well-being of animals impacts community well-being, and we are committed to supporting healthy and thriving communities across the province. Your support helps to sustain this important work.

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