Series GR-3798 - Vet lab pathology reports

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Vet lab pathology reports

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  • 2003-2009 (Creation)

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2.62 cm of textual records

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The Ministry of Agriculture and Lands was established in 2005 replacing the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (OIC 450/2005). The mandate of the ministry is to promote economic development and environmental sustainability for the agricultural, aquaculture and food sectors. The ministry is responsible for managing Crown land, allocating Crown land, setting policy for managing the resources, and working with other stakeholders.

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The Ministry of Agriculture was established in 1894 under its first name, Dept. of Agriculture, with the enactment of the Department of Agriculture Act (SBC 1894, c. 1). Prior to 1894, all agricultural functions were placed within the jurisdiction of a single minister, who was responsible for both finance and agriculture. With the 1894 establishment of the department, the statistician became the first deputy minister. One of the main functions of the department at this time, was to collect and analyze statistics relating to agriculture in the province for the purpose of planning further agricultural progress. Although legislation established separate departments for agriculture and finance, a single minister continued to act as both the minister of finance and agriculture until 1916 when separate ministers were appointed. At this time, the BC Government enacted a new Department of Agriculture Act (SBC 1916, c. 53). The minister of agriculture was responsible for the administration of the laws relating to agriculture, horticulture, and the pastoral industries. The functions of the department included the supervision of model and experimental farms, and of all agricultural, horticulture, livestock, poultry, and dairying associations and institutes receiving government aid. Marketing, and the collection and publication of statistics continued to be an important function. The work of the department was divided among the following branches in 1947: agricultural development and extension; field crops and seed improvement; horticultural; live stock; markets; plant pathology, entomology, and apiary inspection; and soil surveys. As well, the deputy minister was responsible for farmers’ and women’s institutes, agricultural associations, exhibitions, fall fairs, and agricultural statistics and publications. In 1976, the department was renamed the Ministry of Agriculture (OIC 3199/76) followed by another name change in 1980 to the Ministry of Agriculture and Food (SBC 1980, c. 29). In 2000, the ministry was renamed once again to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries (OIC 241/00).

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The series contains case reports from the Animal Health Centre of the Ministry of Agriculture and Lands. The case reports summarize which pathological tests were conducted by the veterinarians at the Centre. Pathology tests were requested by individual animal owners, animal shelters, wildlife centres and companies such as farms.
The reports contain information such as the name of submitter, owner of the animal, specimen(s) being tested, species, breed, age, sex, feed type, vaccinations and sometimes a diagnosis. Reports also contain a summary of the animal’s history and symptoms. Lab results are attached to the reports and include bacteriology, histopathology, toxicology and final comments.

The records appear to be arranged by case number.
Accruals to this series are expected.

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Accession number(s): 90-7771, 96-5233, 96-1933, 96-2859, 96-1422

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