The number of animal adoptions has skyrocketed since the start of the pandemic, but veterinary clinics can no longer meet the demand.
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They are grappling with a manpower shortage and service breakdowns are increasing. It is often more difficult to get appointments, especially for owners of small animals.
So the OMVQ decided to turn to retired vets for clinical needs.
“This is a very important component, access to veterinary care. So, we are working on that in different ways,” explains OMVQ President, Dr. Gaston Rio.
Another option being considered is hiring staff who currently work for animal shelters.
“It’s in the shelters, in the winter, there are relatively fewer animals. I wouldn’t go so far as to say the vets are thumbing their thumbs, but they are completely untapped, because animal husbandry is not there, so we have fewer animals, we have more beaches to offer, Explains Felix Tremblay, Vice-President – SPA and SPCA Pool.
In February, OMVQ will submit a plan to the Quebec Office of Professions with the goal of expanding work possibilities for animal health technicians and veterinarians.
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