Enforcement and coordination of veterinary medical care

What is veterinary medical care? 

The role of municipal veterinary medical care service is to arrange the provision of basic veterinary services and urgent veterinary care – also out of hours – in their operating area. Local veterinary medical care services also supervise the health and welfare of animals and enforce food safety and animal by-products regulations. The supervision of animal health includes regular check-ups and testing for contagious animal diseases. Animal by-products refer non-food material derived from the body of an animal. The processing and disposal of animal by-products are governed by regulations to prevent the spread of animal diseases. 

Municipalities often arrange the provision of veterinary services in cooperation with other municipalities.  

Role of Regional State Administrative Agencies

Regional State Administrative Agencies coordinate the veterinary services provided by municipalities and supervise the health and welfare of animals in line with the Veterinary Care Act. 

Municipalities are entitled to compensation from the state to cover the costs of carrying out certain veterinary inspections, such as testing animals for diseases. We take care of the payment of these compensations based on invoices submitted to us. However, livestock farmers are charged for some of these inspection services, such as inspections performed in line with voluntary disease prevention schemes.

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