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Remote Area Veterinary Services Project

The concept for the Remote Area Veterinary Services project was conceived by former Lt.-Gov. Dr. Lynda Haverstock in conjunction with Dr. Lesley Sawa. Drs Haverstock and Sawa wanted an effective and humane way to address the problem of uncontrolled dog populations in remote northern Saskatchewan communities. Since the spring of 2004, several trips have been made by “Team North” to hold one- and two-day spay/neuter/vaccination clinics in Stanley Mission, Île-à-la-Crosse, and La Loche. During each trip, an average of 100 animals receive examinations, vaccinations, and deworming, while 150 are spayed or neutered. In addition, dozens of high school students from the local communities get involved in visiting the clinics or lending a hand.

Support for the clinics that have been held to date has come from a variety of sources including the Animal Clinic of Regina, the Western College of Veterinary Medicine, the Regina Academy of Small Animal Practitioners, and several private donors.

For more information on Remote Area Veterinary Services and “Team North,” contact Dr. Lesley Sawa at the Animal Clinic of Regina.

Photos by Andrea Norberg Photography