Inuvik, N.W.T., vet returns but visiting clinics to continue

The Town of Inuvik, N.W.T., once again has a resident veterinarian, but occasional pay-what-you-can clinics set up in the wake of his departure will continue.

Pay-what-you-can clinics set up in wake of vet’s departure

The Town of Inuvik, N.W.T., once again has a resident veterinarian.

Peter Krizan was barred from the community by a court order last year. He’s now back in business.

In wake of his departure, a volunteer group set up a pay-what-you-can clinic called Arctic Paws. During the past year, they have hosted a visiting veterinarian to provide vaccinations, spaying and neutering services.

Angela McInnes, who helps run the clinics, said that service will continue.

"We're about to have our next low-cost spay and neuter clinic, and low-cost vaccines, and again we're opening it up to communities in the Beaufort Delta region," said McInnes.

McInnes said that the clinic still has a role even though Krizan is back in town. She said not everyone can afford to pay the full price for these pet services.

The pay-what-you-can clinic happens Sept. 6 to 17.

Two years ago, Krizan had said his business was on the verge of closing because not enough people were paying for veterinary services.

Krizan had been banned from the community after an assault conviction in 2011. That court condition ended in April of this year.