Veterinary Health

2021 Program Changes

The Municipal District's Veterinary Health Program was designed to help ease the financial burden that M.D. farmers and ranchers often face when hit with unexpected herd health issues. The program currently finances 50 percent of select veterinary procedures that apply to most meat-producing livestock such as beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, goats, and a few other exotic meat animals.

We understand how important it is to support the long-term sustainability of livestock within our community. Unfortunately, COVID-19 has put a burden on all aspects of our economy, and we are having to make adjustments to many of our services including our VSI program. It is with careful consideration that we have opted to continue with the 50-50% split on these select services to ensure herd health, but we will be initiating a cap to a maximum of $1,000 per member, per year, starting in 2021.

For more information on this program please call Agricultural Services at 780-826-3951.


Purpose

The municipal district’s Veterinary Health Program is designed to help ease the financial burden municipal district farmers and ranchers often face when hit with unexpected herd health issues. The program, which finances 50% of select veterinary procedures, applies to most types of meat-producing livestock such as beef and dairy cattle, swine, sheep, and goats.

Non-traditional species; such as bison, elk, deer, alpacas, llamas, and ostriches, are also eligible. Horses are not included in the program. Standard procedures such as castration, dehorning, hoof trimming, and vaccinations are not part of the program’s approved services list.

Farmers will also be solely responsible for drugs and medicines.

Qualifications

To qualify for benefits, the farm operation must be located within the Municipal District of Bonnyville and the services obtained must be from a qualified veterinarian.

Getting on board with the program is easy. Producers who live in the municipal district can obtain a registered VSI number from one of the local vet clinics, and then simply provide the personal number each time an approved service is conducted on their livestock and 50% of the bill will be deducted automatically.

Application

An electronic version of the VSI Program Application Form (PDF) is available; please fill out the form on your computer and then print, sign, and mail to:
Bag 1010
Bonnyville, AB T9N 2J7

or via email.