La Ronge Loses Veterinary Services

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 at 12:39



The La Ronge Veterinary Clinic, which brings a doctor from Lac La Biche, Alberta, is closing its doors today.

Dr. Clarence Mechor has decided to stop bringing his clinic to La Ronge after 30 years, saying that it is time he started to take it easy, as he will have back surgery in the coming months.


The closing of the clinic has members of Northern Animal Rescue on high alert, as many people in the north do not have the means to bring their pets south for vet appointments.


Rebecca Clark, co-chair of Northern Animal Rescue, says the group is looking into other ways of bringing veterinary services into the community.


“We’re trying to work with other vets down south, to maybe come up and do a travelling clinic, or to come up and have (appointments) where the old vet was, to come up maybe at least twice a month. We’ve talked to quite a few veterinarians, but we don’t know for sure who will be coming or if anyone is coming. But we do have people that are interested in the north and would like to help out in the north. We just don’t have anything set in stone right now,” Clark says.


Clark adds that the group plans on having another community clinic, in partnership with Happy Dog Acres of Saskatoon.