The Big Lakes County recognizes the importance of veterinary services to support the productivity of the livestock industry and animal health. For this reason, the County has created a policy to provide guidelines for continued participation in the Veterinary Services Incorporated (V.S.I.) Program.
- Applicants must be ratepayers of agricultural lands within the County. (tax roll must be checked).
- Rented land or residential land within High Prairie or other hamlets/subdivisions is NOT considered agricultural lands.
- Husband and wife are normally permitted to hold only one card between them (per household basis).
- Only Agricultural Fieldman may issue cards.
Eligible animal species:
Question: Is VSI a subsidy to veterinarians?
- VSI is not a subsidy to veterinarians.
- VSI pays a portion of the producer’s costs for services rendered.
- No payments are made to a veterinarian unless services are rendered.
- There are provisions in the veterinary contracts to ensure that VSI is revenue neutral for participating veterinarians.
- Producers still pay a significant portion of the cost for professional services, thus ensuring only those services that are necessary are provided.