More funding, more vet and vet technologist training won’t fix problem overnight, warns the AVMA
By James Snell, Alberta Farmer Express
There’s a major shortage of veterinary professionals in Alberta causing long wait times for routine livestock medical procedures.
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There are more than 840 veterinarian and veterinary technologist vacancies in Alberta — a “near-crisis” situation that poses a risk in terms of animal welfare, livestock production and public health, the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association said in a recent news release.
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Livestock producers are definitely being affected, said Jason Hale vice-chair of Alberta Beef Producers.
“I mean, they are busy,” said the Bassano-area rancher. “You better be booking a month in advance. My concern is these good vets are so busy that we don’t want to burn them out.”
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