AVC to handle non-routine care for New Brunswick horses

New Brunswick’s government, which co-ordinates veterinary services in the province, has reached a deal with the University of Prince Edward Island’s Atlantic Veterinary College (AVC) to provide “specialty services” for horses.

Details of the agreement in principle, announced last week, are “still being finalized,” the province said in a release, but service delivery is expected to begin this month.

Generally, however, the agreement calls for AVC staff to handle “more complex cases” involving horses, while the province’s Veterinary Field Services unit will continue to handle “routine and emergency general practitioner services” such as health exams and treatment for horse diseases.

AVC, the province said, will expand its staff and its inventory of mobile equipment related to “ambulatory care” for horses, and will “arrange regular services” to New Brunswick horse owners.

“Dr. Kathleen MacMillan and her team in our equine ambulatory group will add specialist capacity to the provincial service, and will be supported by a strong team of highly-skilled surgeons and internists at our Veterinary Teaching Hospital,” AVC dean Dr. Greg Keefe said in the same release.

The deal in principle marks the first time AVC will provide services through the agriculture department’s vet clinic in Fredericton, the province said.

The province’s large animal veterinary clinic in Fredericton functions as a medical and surgical referral centre for both outpatient and in-clinic cases serving multiple large animal species in New Brunswick.

AVC will also provide “periodic on-site services” in the Moncton area, the province added.

The province’s own network of veterinarians provides field services for livestock and poultry through offices in Moncton, Sussex, Wicklow, Edmunston, St. Quentin, Dalhousie, Bathurst and Miramichi City. — AGCanada.com Network

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