POP: The Veterinarians Act

POP: Yes
Res #: POP 6-06A
Number: 6
Year: 2006
Midterm: No
Expired: Yes
Responses Received: No

Point of Privilege Resolution No. 6-06A

WHEREAS, proposed changes to The Veterinarians Act, 1987 will increase the scope of veterinarian practice and decrease the options that livestock owners will have to manage their herds; and

WHEREAS, such changes are not in the best interest of the economies of rural Saskatchewan livestock producers and/or the welfare of the livestock;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the SARM board immediately lobby the necessary government officials to ensure Bill No. 28 of 2005 is held up until it can be amended to contain the scope of veterinarian practice at the existing range of activities as defined in The Veterinarians Act, 1987.

Response from Honourable Mark Wartman, Minister of Agriculture and Food:

As you know, amendments to The Veterinarians Act, 1987 are currently before the House. Extensive consultation has been undertaken regarding the proposed changes. Concerns regarding the scope of veterinary practice have been noted, and a decision will be made shortly regarding them.