Sask. veterinarians are building bridges to northern Indigenous communities – CBC

Aug 20, 2023

A $405,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada will help the program reach more areas

Indigenous pet owners in rural and northern Saskatchewan often face limited options when trying to take care of their precious fur babies.

It’s a problem that has bothered veterinarian Jordan Woodsworth for years. That’s why she started a program to help bring service to remote areas of the province in 2014.

And now thanks to a $405,000 grant from PetSmart Charities of Canada, it will be able to help more pets in remote parts of the province as part of a three-year pilot project.

“I really think it’s important for us as a profession and for us as a society to think about … the responsibilities that we have to keep everyone healthy everywhere, regardless of where they live and what their background is,” said Woodsworth, the director of the Northern Engagement and Community Outreach (NECO) team at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine.

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