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Manitoba Government expands veterinary services and animal welfare initiatives



New Provincial Veterinarian Position and Funding Allocation Aim to Enhance Access to Veterinary Care
$100,000 in funding will be allocated to the Winnipeg Humane Society’s One Health Program to enhance mobile spay and neuter clinics in northern and remote communities. (Photo winnipeghumansociety.ca)

By: Winnipeg Tribune Staff


Winnipeg, March 30, 2024 - The Manitoba government announced measures to bolster animal health and welfare across the province, including the establishment of a new provincial veterinarian position and the launch of the Northern and Remote Veterinary Care Initiative.


“Our government is committed to working with communities and pet owners to provide more opportunities to access veterinary services and help address the need for more spay and neuter services in northern, rural, and Indigenous communities,” stated Minister Ron Kostyshyn. “We have committed to expanding mobile spay and neuter services, and these initiatives are just the start of that commitment.”


The Northern and Remote Veterinary Care Initiative will introduce a provincial veterinarian for animal welfare, dedicated to leading Manitoba’s animal welfare program. This addition will complement the existing chief veterinary officer, who will now focus on the health of both commercial and companion animals, Minister Kostyshyn highlighted.


As part of the initiative, $100,000 in funding will be allocated to the Winnipeg Humane Society’s One Health Program to enhance mobile spay and neuter clinics in northern and remote communities. Jessica Miller, CEO of the Winnipeg Humane Society, expressed gratitude for the funding, emphasizing the organization's commitment to providing accessible veterinary care across Manitoba.


An additional $100,000 will support the efforts of Feed the Furbabies Canada, aiding in their mission to provide spay and neuter clinics and supply food and resources for animals in need throughout Manitoba.

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