Your local vets are still working around the clock to support you and care for your animals during these uncertain times.
We are so thankful to our vets for the amazing work they do every day to help keep your animals healthy and put your minds at rest.
As vets, they must balance the needs of patients with the national interest of reducing person to person contact.
When working with animals vets require handlers and people in close proximity to reduce the dangers of the job itself.
However, they do have to consider what is routine and what is not. Veterinary cases will fall into three groups:
- FARM ROUTINE (If work is deemed necessary for food production) – A vet will attend whereas EQUINE ROUTINE – a vet will not attend.
- EMERGENCY – A vet will attend
- POTENTIAL EXAMINATION NEEDED – Vets will operate a triage system. This will involve a phone call from a vet with the use of photos and videos with further telephone follow up. The vet will then decide whether it is appropriate to treat remotely or if a visit to see the patient is required.
To help you better understand the triage system the vets are using please see the attached documents:
- Guidance for clinical practices during COVID-19: “Can I do it?” from the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons.
- British Cattle Veterinarian Association – COVID-19 Call Checklist.
Should you require a visit from your vet please remember the following biosecurity measures to help protect both you and your vet:
- Wash hands regularly.
- Maintain at least a 2m distance where possible.
- Declare if you or any one in your household has symptoms.
- Have a minimum number of animal handlers present.
We give a BIG THANKS to our vets who are out there doing everything they can to take care of your animals. Remember if you are at all worried do not hesitate to call your vet for guidance and advice.