With mask restrictions now lifted in most US states and most states scheduled to be fully open with a few restrictions by July 4, many veterinary professionals are wondering what’s on the horizon as far as safety protocols.
For most of your AAHA colleagues, the answer is “No.” But for some, it’s “Yes.” The rollout’s still a mess, but there are bright spots.
Most people know that the Veterinarian’s Oath focuses on caring for animals and protecting animal welfare. But there is also a very important line in the Oath: a newly minted veterinarian must also swear to benefit society through “the promotion of public health.”
As states begin to authorize veterinarians to administer COVID vaccinations (should the need arise), some might ask, “What’s in it for me?” Potentially, a vaccination.
As more Americans are getting their COVID vaccinations, many veterinary practices are working to figure out their vaccination policy.
Only a handful of states have authorized veterinarians to administer the COVID-19 vaccine. This Colorado veterinarian was one of the lucky few.
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The CDC and the USDA announced last week the first confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 infection in two pet cats in New York State. In the wake of that announcement, the CDC now recommends that pet owners follow the same social distancing guidelines with their pets as with human family members.
More than one million dogs are imported into the United States each year. Most are healthy, but some are not. And the number of unhealthy ones is increasing.
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