Veterinarians in Prince George to cease 24-hour emergency animal care amid burnout concerns

Veterinarians in Prince George, B.C., say services will be reduced due to staffing shortages, leaving a large portion of the province without after-hours care.

The city, which acts as a service centre for much of northern and central B.C., does not have a 24-hour emergency facility; a number of vet clinics had worked together to provide after-hours urgent-care service 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Starting July 1 however, there will be no veterinarians available after 10 p.m. until 8 or 8:30 a.m., when regular service hours resume.

Pet owners with an emergency after 10 p.m. have been told they will have to use telemedicine or seek 24-hour emergency care in another community. However, the

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