For in-person or telemedicine consultations, the Ontario Pig Health Check-up program will reimburse veterinarians up to $400 per consultation using a professional hourly rate of $200.00 per hour. It is anticipated each check-up will take approximately 2.0 hours on average.
The Ontario Pig Health Check-up booklet provides a template for the consultation with sections for recording observations, concerns, and follow-up actions as appropriate. Topics to be discussed cover the topics listed below as applicable:
- Housing and management of facilities
- Feed, pasture management, and water
- Reproduction management
- Biosecurity and disease prevention
- Swine health, welfare and behaviour
- Euthanasia and deadstock
- Marketing and slaughter
In lieu of mileage, travel to on farm/on site visits will be reimbursed at a flat rate of $100 for travel of less than one hour and $150 for calls one hour or more from home base based on Google Maps travel time between clinic location and farm premises.
Treatment costs include, but are not limited to, diagnostic costs, medication or vaccination, injury treatment, or medical intervention.
Reimbursement of treatment costs will be 100% of documented treatment up to a maximum cap per check-up based on the number of pigs as follows.
- Five or fewer pigs – $350 maximum reimbursement
- 5 up to 200 market hogs a year/10 sows – $700 max
- 200 market hogs a year/10 sows up to 500 market hogs/25 sows – $1,500 max
- 500 market hogs a year/25 sows up to 1,000 market hogs a year/50 sows – $2,000 max
Ineligible Costs – Taxes
- Taxes payable on services and products will not be eligible for reimbursement.
- Participating veterinarians will need to charge their clients applicable taxes.
- Reimbursement will be issued directly to the participating veterinarian.
- Veterinarians may only submit one check-up and treatment program per pig owner during the term of this project.
- Health check-ups must be completed on or before October 31, 2022*.
- Veterinarians are encouraged to submit claims for reimbursement following each completed Pig Health Check-up or on a monthly basis if completing check-ups with multiple pig owners.
- All requests for reimbursement must be received no later than November 15, 2022.
- Reimbursements to veterinarians will be issued within four weeks of receipt of a complete claim for reimbursement
- Note: Pig owners may be contacted to verify the check-up was completed and confirm any treatments submitted for reimbursement.
*The program runs until October 31, 2022, or until project funds are depleted whichever occurs earliest.
The complete Ontario Pig Health Check-up Program Guidelines can be downloaded here