I guess I should clarifiy gov run
The clinic itself is owned by the municipalities which it services. Most of the equipment is owned by the municpalites as well. The vet gets a per diem (sp) amount a month ($500 for our clinic, most 1000) to cover costs like cleaning, lawn mowning, parking lot snow clearing, clearing snow for the chute area. The amount is to also cover inspection costs of the diagnostic equipment. Since the vet is not required to build their own building and maintain it or the equipment, she then can charge less for services. The fee schedule a maximun schedule and is set by the province who has a vet pannel who goes over the costs. The vet her/himself, decided on what to charge below that mark, buys and pays for all the drugs and operates the business as they see fit. The idea for the gov funded clinic, is so we who live rather rural have access to the same equipment for diagnostic that other clinics do. Then if the vet does change, the equipment and building stay in the area. It has it's draw backs yes. For example, the vet board does not like you...you are out. The plus is though, no matter what vet comes in the area, the do not have to spend the $10 grand + for an ultra sound. Its a turn key operation.
My frustration comes from a few bad apples who think that vet services should never rise with the cost of living or the cost of doing business. They would rather get rid of a good vet and be without one for a while rather than either look elsewhere for service or just pay the bill.
My frustration comes from a vet board who would rather listen to the few bad apples than look at the big picture. We live in a very rural area. Finding a vet is hard. No one wants to come north and live in an isolated community which if one started at one end (south), could take 3+ hours just to exit the service area north. This is a large area for a vet. The other vet area east of us has been without a vet for a few years now...no one wants to come.
These bad apples think they are doing the rest of us a favor by getting rid of her. Not based on work, not based on malpractice, just based on cost (wanting things free) and based on she is a she and tells it like it is. No old farmer who has been doing it one way cause it worked for dad and grand dad wants to be told, how to give a needle properly or how to tube properly or if you cow came to the clinic earlier we could have saved the calf, rather blame the vet cause the calf died, the scour medication cost a fortune and does not work..because it did it my way instead of following directions.
But this is the vet I see.
RR, want me to come and do another C section on farm...thanks for the experience of having a cow tied to a pannel, tied to a hydro pole, cutting her open...much apprieciated, unsafe a the best of times...get a mat pen
RR, want to reduce your scour load, make a few simple changes so that less $ are spent in medication...scours are a management issue...change how you manange, the scours will reduce
RR, navel ill....same thing
RR, should have drenched that scour calf (long time ago). I know but we do not know how. Father in law always does it. Well, RR the calf is almost dead, lets practice on this calf and for a half hour, no charge sits on the cement floor of the clinic teaching two young farmers how to drench or tube a calf properly
RR, why is it you are getting rid of half your herd. Because we are short on hay. RR, let me tell you something, this cow has to go.
Why Vet,? Look at her, she is our best looking cow.
RR, because she is your best looking cow and heaviest. Her calf is not in the top 5 or even the top 10 of your heard. The calf is half way down. She eats more than she commits to the calf. Took her 4 hours to preg test 100 cows...should have been just over a hour. she charged us for two. Why, because she spent the rest of the time teaching me and coaxing me to make the right choices for downsizing our herd.
That is the vet I know.
Just don't know if i will be able to afford the new prices cause she has to supply her building, the up keep and the diagnostic equip and the cost to keep it up. All this will figure now into the cost of her prices.
Just wish the vet board could have sucked up their misplaced pride, realized they terminated a good vet for the wrong reasons and life go back to the way it was.