The College of Veterinarians of Ontario recognizes that pet and animal owners and veterinarians are concerned about the implications of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on the well-being of animals and on the delivery of veterinaray medicine in Ontario. These are unusual and challenging times as we all work together to do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
The College is sharing information for members of the veterinary profession and the general public.
Current Update from the College - April 1, 2020
Veterinarians must mitigate risks when delivering essential services
Businesses providing veterinary services have been deemed essential by the provincial government and can remain open to deliver essential services. However, delivering those services in a manner that protects public health must take priority for all veterinarians during the current public health emergency.
The College of Veterinarians of Ontario expects that veterinarians and veterinary facilities are taking appropriate measures to help protect themselves, their staff, and their clients during this time of public health emergency. The College commends those veterinarians who are heeding the public health recommendations and doing everything they can to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This demonstrates the behaviours, attitudes and skills the public expects of a veterinary professional.
Veterinarians who own veterinary facilities must understand that not following public health and government directives contributes to the public health risks facing our communities. Aside from the risks to their health and the health of staff and clients, there are other potential risks. It may lead to a complaint to the College, and they may not be complying with the Criminal Code and the Occupational Health and Safety Act with respect to staff safety. (Click here to read more)