Veterinary Clinics Run By a Humane Society: Is it Possible?

Room: St Laurent 7

Kevin Strooband, Executive Director, Lincoln County Humane Society

Typically, humane societies work in the field of animal welfare – caring for sick or injured animals of all types, adopting out animals that are no longer able to be kept by their family or those who are simply homeless. Many decades ago, humane societies began taking on municipal animal control contracts as a way to supplement the costs of their charity work. More recently, humane societies have begun to open veterinary clinics to further meet their missions by offering spay/neuter services for the public's pets and to provide veterinary service to humane society owned or stray animals.

The Lincoln County Humane Society has done all of these things and, today, the LCHS is the only humane society in the province of Ontario to open a full-service veterinary clinic, open to the public. The relatively blind venture is proving to be successful. Facing the regular problems of running a veterinary clinic can be compounded by raising the level of work humane societies do in the community – work that isn't free, or cheap. We work to bring veterinary medicine to those who are unable to afford it and thereby bring an increased level of care for animals in our community. We aim to bring the work of humane societies to the next level by going down this path and want to share our experiences and discoveries with others.


  1. How can your humane society open a veterinary clinic?
  2. What regulations or pitfalls could you encounter?
  3. Why would you want to open a clinic anyway?

The Lincoln County Humane Society is the province of Ontario's first and only humane society to operate a full-service veterinary clinic, open to the public. Kevin Strooband, LCHS’ Executive Director, will share how they did it, why they did it and what to think of and watch out for along the way.