By Nick HarrisVictoria’s $4.5 billion Veterinary Emergency Group is struggling to meet demand for veterinary care.
The veterinary emergency network, which operates at a cost of about $9 billion, is struggling because of a shortage of veterinarians, a shortage that has led to a rise in the number of emergency room visits, according to a report released Monday.
Victoria is the only state in Australia that does not have an emergency veterinary group.
Its emergency group is a nonprofit entity that receives about $4 billion annually from Victoria’s Health Services Commission and is overseen by the Health Department.
The group receives about 70 per cent of its funding from the state’s $1.2 billion Hospital and Healthcare Commission, and the rest comes from the Government, which is responsible for the rest.
The report said that despite the fact that Victoria has a shortage in veterinarians and the state government’s commitment to improving the health of its veterinarians over the past two decades, the situation is not improving.
It said that because of the state-run Veterinary Emergency Network’s financial problems, Victoria has lost more than $1 billion in funding since 2007.
The situation in Victoria has been a key focus of the report, titled “Vet-Assisted Surgery and Telemedicines: A Financial and Social Analysis,” released by the Australian Veterinary Emergency Action Group, or AVEAG.
The AVEAC group has raised more than 60,000 signatures to put the issue on the Victoria Legislature’s public record.
The AVE group is the umbrella organization for the Victorian Emergency Veterinary Services Network, which has about 4,000 veterinarians.
AVEAT is responsible to the Victoria Health Services Authority and is funded by the Victorian Government.
The group’s financial situation is described in the report as “disturbing” because of its “high levels of financial dependency” and its “growing reliance on telemedically assisted surgery.”
“It is unclear what the current situation is for Victoria’s veterinary emergency services,” the report said.
It is also unclear how long Victoria will have the emergency veterinary service group.
AVEA says that the group is planning to “reopen in the near future” but does not provide any details.
In a statement, Victoria’s Ministry of Health said that it had no immediate comment on the report and the issue was being reviewed.
Victoria’s health minister, Mark McGowan, said that the Government’s funding commitment to the AVE was a critical component of Victoria’s health and wellbeing, which he called “the backbone of our health system.”
“Our health care system is a very resilient system,” he said.
“The Victorian Government is committed to ensuring that we have a robust emergency veterinary emergency response and is determined to make this a priority.”
Victoria has about 70,000 licensed veterinarians but the Victorian Veterinary Emergency System, which provides the health system with about 70 emergency veterinary staff, is expected to be overstretched and could close for a period of months.
Victoria has also reported a rise of more than 5,000 emergency veterinary visits to the state, which are billed to hospitals.