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Livestock Veterinary Innovation Initiative

Purpose of the Initiative 

Some Ontario livestock farmers, in particular those in rural and northern Ontario, are experiencing shortages of access to veterinary services, putting strain on veterinarians and limiting growth opportunities for livestock farmers. The Livestock Veterinary Innovation Initiative (the Initiative) is aimed at supporting innovative approaches to increase delivery options of veterinary care to livestock farmers, particularly in Underserviced Areas to support animal health, the livestock agri-food sector and the strength of our food supply. Funding through this Initiative will help veterinary care be delivered in ways that address several challenges, including the long distance between many farmers and veterinary clinics, and the shortage of large animal veterinarians working in rural and remote parts of the province.

The Livestock Veterinary Innovation Initiative program was funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative. This program is being delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).

Target Audience

The Applicant must be an Ontario-based, food animal veterinary practice and/or mixed veterinary animal practice that includes food animals.

Priority will be given to food animal veterinary practices that are actively serving an Underserviced Area. A veterinary practice does not need to be physically located in an Underserviced Area in Ontario, but has to attest that they actively serve food animal clients in an Underserviced Area and identify the area.

Review of applications from veterinary practices not actively serving an Underserviced Area will only occur at the end of the intake period. 

Eligible Projects and Activities

Eligible Projects include those that help support activities that will increase delivery options of veterinary care to support food animal health under the following categories.

  • Telemedicine Diagnostic: support for telemedicine and/or diagnostic (i.e. mobile/cellular and video/camera and monitor solutions; veterinary hematology analyzers; vehicle modifications)
  • Handling Equipment: support for portable large animal handling equipment such as head gates and squeeze chutes, associated vehicle modifications
  • Education/Training: support for education and training on new equipment or techniques 

Intake Deadline

The intake for LVII is now closed. 

The Livestock Veterinary Innovation Initiative program was funded in part through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), a five-year federal-provincial-territorial initiative. This program is being delivered by the Agricultural Adaptation Council (AAC) on behalf of the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).