Livestock, Animals and Wildlife

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Animal Disease Control

Purpose: To ensure that animal management concerns are dealt with in accordance with the Animal Health Act of Alberta (S.A. 2007, Chapter A-40.2), the Destruction and Disposal of Dead Animal Regulation (2289/2000), the Livestock Disease Control Regulation (69/2000) and the Reportable and Notifiable Diseases Regulation (209/2008).

Scope: Northern Sunrise County recognizes its duty in the reporting of Reportable and Notifiable Diseases under the Animal Health Act of Alberta.

Northern Sunrise County further recognizes that it is beneficial to the County to implement measures to prevent the establishment of and/or the control and destruction of pathogens within the boundaries of Northern Sunrise County, for the protection of agricultural productivity and the preservation of the natural environment.

Northern Sunrise County is a participating member of Veterinary Service Incorporated (V.S.I.)

V.S.I. is a service available to livestock owners who live in Northern Sunrise County and own land. 

Animals Covered under V.S.I.

The program assists the producer by covering part of the cost (up to 50%) of most veterinary services for:
  • cattle
  • pigs
  • sheep
  • goats

Animals Not Covered under V.S.I.

It does not cover the cost of any services for:

  • pets
  • buffalo
  • elk
  • horses

How To...

There is no charge to obtain a V.S.I. Membership card/number. 

Any producer wishing to access this program can do so by completing the V.S.I. application form and either stop in at the Agricultural Services Department in Nampa or email it to  to receive a V.S.I. card and number.  

Every producer should have their own number - please don't borrow someone else's. 

The producer is required to present the card to the veterinarian providing the medical services, who will then subtract, up front, the portion of the charges that V.S.I. will pay on the producer's behalf.

Your number will not change, but you are required to call the County office each year in September to let us know if your circumstances have changed and if you wish to continue using V.S.I. services for the following year.  If we do not hear from you, your name will be deleted from the database that we must forward annually to the Veterinarian Clinics and the V.S.I. Manager.

Additional Information

For furthern details review the information below:


Producer's Guide to Wolf Predation and Scavenging

Characteristics of a Wolf Attack
Wolves chase their prey.  During the attack, prey is weakend through pursuit and blood loss.  Wolves normally attack their prey from behind.  Bite marks and lacerations are often found on the animal's hindquarters, and the tail may also be missing or stripped of its hide.  Wolves may attack other parts of the body.  Bite marks can also be found on the nose, under and behind the front legs and on the ears.  When wolves prey on younger or smaller animals, they may centre their attack on the animal's back.  Wolves use their teeth in an attack.  The biting causes hemorrhaging, which is most evident on the inside of the hide and in the adjacent tissue.

Evidence of an Attack
There may be a blood trail.  If the animal bled when attacked, there may be blood on the ground. Blood stains may not be limited to the immediate area surrounding of the dead animal. Blood may also drain from puncture wounds. Lacerations and puncture wounds on the hide’s exterior will show corresponding signs of hemorrhaging on the interior of the hide and tissue. Blood may also drain from puncture wounds.

Evidence of Scavenging When an animal dies of disease or other conditions not related to predation, the carcass tends to be curled up with the legs tucked in; whereas animals scavenged tend to be bloated or in rigor. When there is no blood on the ground around the carcass, or blood may have drained onto the ground from body cavities such as the nose. Lacerations and puncture wounds found on the hide’s exterior do not show corresponding signs of hemorrhaging on the interior of the hide or in adjacent tissue.
You can find this information and more in the Rancher's Guide to Predator Attack on Livestock available at the Agricultural Services Department in Nampa and a digital copy by clicking on the link.

Legislation & Regulation | NSC Bylaw & Policies




Animal Health Act of Alberta 


Land Use Bylaw
Land Use Bylaw - Amended


2.10 Animal Disease Control

  Animal Health (General) Regulation
Authorized Medicine Sales Regulation
Disposal of Dead Animals Regulation
Livestock Market Regulation
Premisis Identification Regulation
Reportable and Notifiable Diseases Regulation
Swine Traceability Regulation
Traceabilty Cattle Indentification Regulation