Did you know that actions of a local Northern Producer Animal Health Network (NPAHN) committee here in East Parry Sound District have acquired a program funded by the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines that reduces the cost of the service call fee or truck fee that the Veterinarian will charge to travel on a return basis from their clinic to service the health care needs of large animals here in the East Parry Sound District? It`s true.
The assistance program was created in 1945, called the Veterinary Assistance Program.
The Veterinary Assistance Program (VAP) helps promote the viability of the livestock industry by supporting the provision of veterinary services to large animal owners. It does this by using conditional grants to offset the travel, locum assistance and continuing education costs incurred by Participating Veterinary Practices that are under contract with the Ministry. The Program is delivered in collaboration with the Ministry of Northern Development and Mines, the Northern Producer Animal Health Network (the large animal owners) and the Designated Area Veterinarians Association (their members are the contract veterinarians).
The VAP is operated in 21 northern and remote communities of Ontario. Each of these designated area communities collectively raise a yearly fee from their financial contributors to keep their area under the program for the benefit of the large animal owners who are all participating members of the Northern Producer Animal Health Network. In East Parry Sound the municipalities are the financial contributors.
Participating members of the Northern Producer Animal Health Network who live in the East Parry Sound District can assess the benefits of the VAP if they own or care for at least one of horses, cattle, sheep, goats, swine, rabbits, poultry, bison, deer, or animals maintained in captivity for producing fur, velvet, or meat.
For more information on the on the role of the Northern Producer Animal Health Network, their website is: http://www.northernproduceranimalhealthnetwork.ca.
To learn more about the Veterinary Assistance Program, their website address is: http://www.mndm.gov.on.ca/en/northern-development/business-support/veterinary-assistance-program.
Prepared by Gord Mitchell
Secretary – Treasurer of the East Parry Sound Committee of NPAHN
705 789 2062; Cell: 705 571 1033
January 16, 2016
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