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_ *~ At'his Little River meeting on the 3th ultimo the Hon. R. Heaton Rhodes was asked whether be favoured the appointment of a veterinary surgeon for the Peninsula. Mr Rhodes on his return to Wellington brought tbe matter to tbe notice of tbe Minister of Agrioulture, who has replied to him as follows "With reference to your memoiandUiO of 9th December in regard to the sugßested ■ ppoiutment of a veterinarian for the Banks Peninsula destrict, I have the honour to in<form youHhat unless the Department's ctsff were largely increased it would be impoesibln to delegate veterinarians to work exclusively

If t iue hianKß I'etiinrfu 1 »r in i < trots. 1 may say that those moving for sue an appointment are usually untW a misapprc hension as to the duties that \v>uUl boimnei taken by a Guverment velerinerinn if on were located in tbe district. The=e nffiaer lo not attend to ordinary cases of illness 0 iccident among live-stock bat confine the! ittcntion to contagious (Mseaees or otbe troubles affecting considerable numbers 0 mimalfl They only attend to individua leasts when they happen to be in the dis trictbnd to have spare time-before catch'nf 4 (rain for instance. If tbe settle™ on tbe Penins-u'a wish tc lbtain the services of a veteranian to attend 0 individual animals their best way would '•nbably be to form a veterinary association tc guarantee the salary of a private practitionet o reside in tbe district. This course hae 'teen successfully adopted in several parts ol New Zealand, end if the Peninsula settlers wish to follow it they should communicate ■vitb tbe Director of <he Live stock and Meat Division, Customs Building, Wellington, <rho would supply them with information in regard to the working of these sssociationH, md if so desired would assist in securing the services of a suitable veterinarian "

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VETERINARY SURGEON FOR THE PENINSULA., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3474, 2 February 1915

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VETERINARY SURGEON FOR THE PENINSULA. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3474, 2 February 1915

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