Town and Country Veterinary Clinic P.C. receives grant, can travel to Sabetha area
Submitted by Kristin Bohling
Town and Country Veterinary Clinic P.C. of Auburn, Neb., recently announced that it has been selected as a recipient of the Veterinary Services Grant. Town and Country Veterinary Clinic P.C. is now able to travel to the Sabetha area and anywhere within an 80-mile radius of the clinic.
This grant was newly implemented in 2016 with the Farm Bill through USDA and National institute of Food and Agriculture. The Veterinary Services Grant Program (VSGP) was created to help relieve rural veterinary shortage situations where updated equipment would not otherwise be affordable to rural clinics.
Grants through this program were made available on a competitive basis to qualified entities to support development, implementation and sustainability of veterinary services through education, training, recruitment, placement and retention of veterinarians, veterinary technicians, and students of veterinary medicine and veterinary technology. The grant also serves to establish or expand rural veterinary practices.
Two grants were fully funded in 2016, with Town and Country Veterinary Clinic P.C. being the recipient of one. The grant provided $124,760 for use on livestock equipment that would help the clinic remain sustainable and be able to expand livestock services to serve a wider area of Southeast Nebraska and Northeast Kansas.
The funds are being used to purchase a mobile veterinary facility, portable hydraulic chute with tilt table capabilities, portable digital X-ray system for large and small animals, a new transducer (probe) for ultrasound of small ruminant (sheep and goat) pregnancy detection and horse and cattle abdominal ultrasound diagnostics, a new ultrasound machine for pregnancy detection in cattle, and laparoscopic equipment for insemination of small ruminants (sheep and goats) and dogs. This new equipment will allow us to expand our services and our service area.
Grant recipients were chosen from a very competitive list of clinics nationwide. Each clinic had to write a grant explaining the financial need for the equipment and how each piece would be utilized to ensure livestock health solutions remained available in this area. Input from others in the community was highly valued when deciding which pieces of equipment were most needed to help the clinic sustain and expand its services.
With acceptance of the grant, Dr. Kristin Bohling is required to complete a minimum number of hours per week working with livestock and producers for the next three years. Quarterly reports will be completed to assess how the equipment is helping the clinic remain financially viable to be able to provide services for years to come.