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COVID-19 Updates for Veterinarians from the College

The practice of veterinary medicine is regulated under the Veterinarians Act and Regulations under the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Provincial directives during the pandemic for veterinary practices have been as businesses. Where the province refers to health care workers, they are referring to those professions regulated under the Regulated Health Professions Act (RHPA) under the Ministry of Health.

Details from the Province of Ontario on continuing COVID-19 public health measures and advice can be found at:  https://covid-19.ontario.ca/public-health-measures and COVID-19 and workplace health and safety measures are found at: https://www.ontario.ca/page/covid-19-workplace-health-safety

In delivering veterinary care to animals, veterinarians are reminded to continue to meet or exceed public health guidance from the province and local public health units. As well, please be attentive to your safety and that of your staff and your clients when choosing how to deliver services. For example, limiting or restricting the public’s access inside your facility may be an option you wish to continue.

It is expected that veterinary practices will operate in accordance with all applicable laws, including the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act, 2005 and the Occupational Health and Safety Act and the regulations made under them. 

Please contact your local public health unit for further information about COVID-19. Further details are available from the Province of Ontario. https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario

 

Updated: Impact of COVID-19 on College programs and services Updated: Impact of COVID-19 on College programs and services May 05, 2022

An update on the delivery of College programs and services.

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SARS-CoV-2 in Animals Dashboard SARS-CoV-2 in Animals Dashboard February 24, 2022

The SARS-CoV-2 in Animals Dashboard is a public interface that displays cases of SARS-CoV-2 infections in animals in Canada, which are confirmed by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency National Centre for Foreign Animal Disease. The dashboard is interactive and can be searched by species, province and date or time period.

https://cahss.ca/cahss-tools/sars-cov-2-dashboard

College resumes on-site facility inspections College resumes on-site facility inspections August 04, 2021

The priority for inspections will be those practices that had inspections scheduled but cancelled in 2020 due to the lockdown. The College is currently contacting facility directors at those practices to arrange their inspections

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Supporting a positive transition for veterinary practices Supporting a positive transition for veterinary practices July 19, 2021

An update for veterinarians on the College’s programs and tips for a positive transition to welcoming clients back into veterinary facilities.

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 Helpful suggestions for challenging times Helpful suggestions for challenging times April 29, 2021

The College, in discussion with veterinarians, has the following suggestions that may assist you with delivering your services during a demanding time. As professionals, the College trusts you to use your judgement in determining what is appropriate and manageable for your practice.

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Supporting conversations with clients during COVID-19 Supporting conversations with clients during COVID-19 April 21, 2020

During these challenging times of service restrictions and maintaining strict public health measures, communication with animal owners is key in the efforts to minimize risk to animal health and human health.

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Management Tree - Owner Contact Guidelines Management Tree - Owner Contact Guidelines April 06, 2020

A sample of a protocol which would be helpful for veterinarians in limiting exposure to COVID-19.

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Mobile Facilities and COVID-19 Mobile Facilities and COVID-19 March 25, 2020

The College recognizes that veterinarians who are practising from mobile facilities face unique challenges in delivering veterinary services during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

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After hours care/Transfer of Medical Records After hours care/Transfer of Medical Records March 19, 2020

On after hours care - options for notifying clients about a change in after-hours care services. For the transfer of medical record, information on how to maintain continuity of care when a veterinarian is seeing an animal that is receiving veterinary services from another veterinarian.

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Urgent Notice on Prescribing and Dispensing Urgent Notice on Prescribing and Dispensing March 18, 2020

The College temporarily relaxes certain regulations on prescribing and dispensing during public health emergency.

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