On Tuesday, the FDA announced that it’s temporarily easing restrictions on veterinarians’ use of telemedicine so they can more easily treat pets during the coronavirus pandemic. That means a lot of practice owners and their staff are breathing a little more easily today.
An easily scannable fact sheet to use in your practice.
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.
This week: A cat in the UK tests positive for COVID, a vet loses his license to practice medicine, and the pandemic inspires more people to adopt pet chickens.
Last week, pets held Congress hostage for three days, and all they did was be their adorable, dependable selves.
This week: Some medical students get out of school early to join the fray, human medical workers told to keep mum on COVID-19, and good news on the testing-pets-for-coronavirus front.
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.”
It’s that one darn dog. The one in Hong Kong who tested “weak positive” for SARS-CoV-2 on February 28 . And again on February 29. And again on March 2 and yet again on March 5. He’s got people worried.
The situation with the coronavirus (COVID-19) is rapidly evolving as the virus is spreading in countries around the globe, including in the United States. This can make it challenging for your veterinary practice to know how to respond, and it’s important to revisit policies and procedures daily.