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COVID-19 Updates for Veterinarians from the College

The College of Veterinarians of Ontario recognizes veterinarians are concerned about the implications of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) on veterinary practice. The College has provided information updates to assist veterinarians in staying abreast of news concerning COVID-19.

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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Updated: Impact of COVID-19 on College programs and services Updated: Impact of COVID-19 on College programs and services November 16, 2020

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

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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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