1. In the year 1902, three veterinary inspectors were employed. In 1903-4, the number was increased to 5, while at the present time, 4 officers are engaged in dealing with animal diseases in West Kent and adjoining territory.
2. In 1902 the only resident officer was Dr. J. Kime, jr., V.S., of Chatham, but in Ibe latter part of the year, owing to an extensive outbreak of hog cholera, it became necessary to transfer to the district, Dr. M. B. Perdue, V.S., formerly of Kingsville, Dr. G. W. Orchard, V.S., of Windsor, and Dr. J. H. Tennent, V.S., of London.
In 1903 the officers engaged in the work were Drs. Perdue, Orchard, Kime, and for a short time, Drs. Hopkins and Whyte of Ottawa. Towards the end of the year, Dr. W. B. Rowe of Blenheim, and Dr. M. Philips of Chatham were also engaged.
In 1904, Drs. Perdue, Orchard, Philips, Kime and Rowe looked after the work without outside assistance. Dr. Orchard has recently been removed, and the staff at present consists of Drs. Perdue, Kime, Rowe and Philips.
3. 1902. Dr. Perdue, 8 months at $75, 4 months at $100. Dr. Kime, $650. Dr. Orchard, $500 p. a.
1903. Dr. Perdue, $1,200 p.a. Dr. Kime, $250 p. a. Dr. Orchard, 3 months at $500, 9 months at $1,000. Dr. Rowe, 3 months at $250 p. a. Dr. Philips, 1 month at $600 p. a.
1904. Dr. Perdue, 3 months at $1,200, 9 months at $1,400. Dr. Kime, $250 p. a. Dr. Orchard, $1,000 p. a. Dr. Rowe, $250 p. a. Dr. Philips, 6 months at $600, 6 months at $800.
Present staff : Dr. Perdue, $1,400 p. a. Dr. Kime, $250 p. a. Dr. Rowe, $250 p. a. Dr. Philips, $800 p. a.
Drs. Tennent and Whyte, both permanent officers of the department, were in receipt of salaries of $1,200 p. a.
Drs. Kime and Rowe, being resident practitioners, are paid $250 per annum, with an allowance of $5 per day for each day above fifty, in which they are employed by the department in any one year.
4. The policy of the department* is to maintain within the quarantined area a sufficient number of officials to deal in an effective manner with outbreaks of disease.
5. Although the disease has abated to a considerable extent, the outbreak is by no means at an end, fresh cases still being reported, though not to so large an extent as formerly. The district is still under quarantine, and all hogs are inspected and passed,
under permit, by one of our inspectors before being allowed to leave the infected area. The inspectors also deal with outbreaks of ether contagious disease in animals.
There are also a large number of farms still under quarantine, the necessary cleansing and disinfection not having been yet completed.
All the inspectors at present employed in West Kent are allowed their actual travelling expenses.
Subtopic: VETERINARY INSPECTORS.