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The Pamphlet Collection of Sir Robert Stout: Volume 62

Veterinary Surgeons

Veterinary Surgeons

The subject of the appointment of veterinary surgeons was next taken up. The remarks of the Sub-Committee were read as under:—

"In view of the occasional loss of sheep, horses and swine, about which nothing is recorded, it is deemed desirable that one or more veterinary surgeons, thoroughly versed in the diseases of all kinds of stock, should be induced to come to New Zealand. If the Government found the means, as suggested, to guarantee a sufficient subsidy to such competent men, they might be induced to come from one of the Colleges in Great Britain or America. Such officers would be of great value to the colony, as they could deliver lectures in the rural districts whenever they had occasion to go to investigate the cause of death of any animal. This plan is adopted with great success in Germany."

Mr Cuthbertson moved—"That it is necessary that one or more veterinary surgeons should be appointed at an earl date."

Mr D. McLean seconded the motion.

A lengthy discussion ensued, in which Messrs Fitzroy, Coleman Philips, Olson, Wanklyn, and M. Macfarlane took part.

Mr Ritchie said there was at present a Government Veterinary Surgeon, who had been through the North Island, and who was ready to attend whenever required.

Mr Brydone said that he applied some three years ago for the services of the Government veterinary surgeon, but he declined to come.

Mr Ritchie said the veterinary surgeon was now under orders to go where he was required.

The motion was then put and carried.