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Veterinarian plans return
Regular visits may well be in Inuvik's future

Sarah Ladik
Northern News Services
Thursday, August 27, 2015

After a time of uncertainty, Inuvik may have regular veterinary clinics once again.

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Dr. John Overell of Dawson City used to bring veterinary clinics to Inuvik on a regular basis but then stopped. He is now looking to start coming about four times a year once more. - NNSL file photo

"We've been without a regular vet for a very long time," said Candace Seddon, who is now organizing clinics.

"Arctic Paws would sometimes bring one up, but that's not really in their mandate."

Seddon said it can be stressful for pet owners living in Inuvik and remote communities to not have a regular vet clinic, as well as challenging when emergencies occur.

Now, however, John Overell from Dawson City will be making a trip this coming month, following the one he made earlier this year.

"I've been trying to get John to come back," Seddon said. "He's a great vet."

Overell used to visit the community regularly but stepped back some years ago to make room for another professional.

"Candace Seddon persuaded me to return to Inuvik as vet work there had become sporadic," Overell told the Drum.

"I have always liked the people of Inuvik and enjoy reacquainting myself and meeting new people and pets."

Both Seddon and Overell hope the visits will start happening between three and four times a year, but that will depend on how well the clinics go.

If people don't book appointments, it's not worth it for a vet to make the trip.

Overell said some of the most common ailments he sees are diseases resulting from not being up to date on vaccinations, injuries that often occur when dogs are running loose, and eye problems.

Seddon said the clinic will also offer surgical procedures like spaying and neutering, as well as teeth cleaning.

"John came up a few months ago to do a clinic, and he's coming back now," said Seddon.

"If all goes well, hopefully it will continue."

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