Evaluation and delivery of domestic animal health services in remote communities in the Northwest Territories: a case study of status and needs

Brook, R. K., Kutz, S. J., Millins, C. , Veitch, A. M., Elkin, B. T. and Leighton, T. (2010) Evaluation and delivery of domestic animal health services in remote communities in the Northwest Territories: a case study of status and needs. Canadian Veterinary Journal: Revue Veterinaire Canadienne, 51(10), pp. 1115-1122.

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Abstract

Domestic animal health services are supplied to communities in Canada's Northwest Territories (NT) in diverse ways, including private veterinary practices in 2 of 33 communities, and by mail-order, fly-in, free clinics, and a government-coordinated lay vaccinator program in some of the other 31 communities. We evaluated delivery, needs, and potential uptake of domestic animal health services in the Sahtu Settlement Area, NT by offering free clinics for 225 dogs in 2008 and 2009; and administered questionnaires to 42 dog owners and 67 students in 2008. Owners indicated that 20% of dogs were neutered, 37% had had rabies vaccinations, and 29% had been dewormed. Physical examination of dogs demonstrated that 54% were "thin" and 4% were "emaciated." Owners and youth showed a range of attitudes toward dogs and supported improved domestic animal health services. Future services need to build on existing programs and collaborate with communities to ensure relevance, ownership, and sustainability.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Millins, Dr Caroline
Authors: Brook, R. K., Kutz, S. J., Millins, C., Veitch, A. M., Elkin, B. T., and Leighton, T.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and Comparative Medicine
Journal Name:Canadian Veterinary Journal: Revue Veterinaire Canadienne
Publisher:Canadian Veterinary Medical Association
ISSN:0008-5286
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