Under the Meat Inspection Act, veterinarians can act as inspectors if they are registered under the Veterinary Profession Act and licensed by the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association.
Through the Appointed Inspector Program, veterinarians are appointed as inspectors for a 3-year term to help livestock producers with emergency situations. An animal unfit for transportation can be inspected and slaughtered on the premises, which allows the meat to be sold within Alberta.
The program gives new or experienced veterinarians an opportunity to build their knowledge about working with large animals that are unfit for transport as defined under the Canada Food Inspection Agency’s Transportation of Animals Program Compromised Animals Policy.
The Appointed Inspector Program also provides an important animal welfare learning experience. Veterinarians are compensated by the producer or abattoir requesting the service, as per their agreement with them.
Read the List of Appointed Meat Inspectors (PDF, 991 KB).
This voluntary program relies on the participation of veterinarians. More participants are needed in many areas across the province. In some parts of Alberta, there are no appointed inspectors available.
Veterinarians interested in this program should contact:
Renee Wambeck, Regional Supervisor
Edmonton/Grande Prairie Unit
Toll free: 310-0000 before the phone number (in Alberta)
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