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Calgary, AB (April 15th, 2020) – in response to COVID-19, Merck Animal Health has sponsored an initiative with Calgary start-up IMLocum to ensure understaffed veterinary, emergency and specialty clinics can get the staff they need free of charge.

COVID-19 has had a significant impact on veterinary clinics. One consequence is the lack of qualified staff. “During the initial slowdown, some clinics were forced to lay workers off. On the other hand, emergency and specialty centers have experienced a surge in demand and have had to work understaffed,” said founder and CEO of IMLocum, Ivana Novosel. “Rural practices serving farmers and food producers are entering their busiest season, and despite COVID, they’re still expected to work at full capacity. Merck Animal Health recognizes that the current situation requires flexible staffing solutions to help deal with the current complexities.”

This is why, until June 30th, 2020, Merck Animal Health is graciously sponsoring an initiative with IMLocum to provide veterinary clinics free access to available ‘locums’ – a common name for skilled contract or temp workers in veterinary industry. Clinics are encouraged to take advantage of this offer if they’re experiencing a staffing shortage or anticipate a need for temporary help by using the “Here2Help2020” code when subscribing.

While helping clinics find the staff they need on-demand, IMLocum also helps veterinary professionals. Many have been laid-off or are working reduced hours and looking for opportunities to supplement their income. IMLocum provides an easy and efficient way to match veterinary institutions looking for skilled workers with professionals looking for work – at no cost to veterinary professionals. A win-win solution during this challenging time.

About IMLocum
IMLocum matches veterinary clinics looking for qualified and veterinary staff (DVMs, RVTs, Support Staff and students) with veterinary professionals looking for job opportunities and ways to grow their careers. The service has already filled hundreds of jobs across Canada with dedicated professionals. Aa a manager from one of the largest Emergency and Referral Centres in Canada said, “I don’t know what I would have done without IMLocum services during this national tech shortage!”

About Merck Animal Health
Merck Animal Health is a research-driven company that develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of veterinary medicines and services. They offer one of the industry’s most innovative portfolios, spanning products for the prevention, treatment and control of disease in all major farm and companion animal species. They aim to create value and contribute to the ongoing success of their customers. By consistently delivering the highest standards of quality, professionalism and integrity, their goal is to become the partner of choice for veterinarians, producers and animal owners.