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COVID-19 Updates for Veterinarians from the College

During each step of its Roadmap to Reopen, the province indicates that veterinary services may continue. Permitted services include veterinary services and other businesses that provide 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. https://www.ontario.ca/page/reopening-ontario 

The College reminds veterinarians and the public to meet or exceed public health advice, recommendations and instructions in the Roadmap to Reopen plan when delivering and accessing veterinary services. This includes limiting the number of people inside the facility so that they can safely maintain physical distancing from others. 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. 

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

An update on the delivery of College programs and services.

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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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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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