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COVID-19 Updates for Veterinarians from the College

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 veterinary medicine in Ontario. These continue to be unusual and challenging times as we all work together to do what we can to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

On April 17, the Province of Ontario added new measures to the province-wide stay-at-home order to stop the rapid growth in COVID-19 case rates and relieve the pressure on the province's health care system. This measure will be in place for at least six weeks from the intial announcment on April 8.

At this time, the province indicates veterinary services may continue. Permitted services include veterinary services and other businesses that provide pet services and for the health and welfare of animals, including farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, research facilities, groomers, pet sitters, pet walkers, and trainers (including for service animals).

Further details are available from the Province of Ontario

Public health measures are in place due to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in our communities. The College reminds veterinarians and the public to meet or exceed public health expectations when delivering and accessing veterinary services. And, make use of telemedicine whenever possible.  Please contact your local public health unit for further information.

Updated: Impact of COVID-19 on College programs and services Updated: Impact of COVID-19 on College programs and services April 20, 2021

An update on the delivery of College programs and services during the pandemic.

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Message from the President of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario on the current restrictions and public health measures Message from the President of the College of Veterinarians of Ontario on the current restrictions and public health measures January 15, 2021

Ontario’s current state of emergency, announced by the Premier on January 12, did not alter the delivery of veterinary services from measures that were already in place.

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Impact of Provincewide Shutdown on veterinary services Impact of Provincewide Shutdown on veterinary services December 22, 2020

The provincewide shutdown comes into effect December 26 at 12:01 a.m.

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Update: Telemedicine measures remain in place Update: Telemedicine measures remain in place October 08, 2020

The College strongly recommends that veterinarians follow all public health recommendations.

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Update on province re-opening Update on province re-opening June 12, 2020

The province remains in a public health emergency. Veterinarians, as public health practitioners, are advised to continue efforts to decrease the potential for exposure to COVID-19.

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Opening of veterinary services Opening of veterinary services May 14, 2020

Businesses that provide veterinary services can begin providing regular veterinary appointments on May 19, 2020, as indicated in the Premier’s announcement on May 14, 2020.

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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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Equine Reference - Recommendations for the Ambulatory Practitioner Equine Reference - Recommendations for the Ambulatory Practitioner April 09, 2020

A reference from the American Association of Equine Practitioners to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 in equestrian facilities.

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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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Ministry requests PPE, ventilators, equipment Ministry requests PPE, ventilators, equipment April 04, 2020

Ministry sends a second request to veterinarians related to protective equipment and ventilators.

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