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COVID-19 Advice and Updates

During the COVID-19 Global Emergency, Veterinary Ireland will provide updates and advice to members through regular VetALERT emails, as well as posts to this site.

Essential Documents

VetALERT 06/21 - COVID-19 Veterinary Practice Advisory 22nd January 2021

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 22nd January 2021

Media Release - COVID-19 - Food Animal and Equine Practice 22nd January 2021

VetALERT 31/20 – Companion Animal Practice and COVID-19 – Update 29th June 2020

COVID-19 - Message from the Veterinary Ireland President

VetALERT 21/20 - Message from Alan Rossiter, VICAS-5th May 2020

Living with COVID-19 - Companion Animal Practice 2020-2021

Media Release from Veterinary Ireland 23rd March 2020
Veterinary Ireland Protocols to protect continuity of service, staff and clients in light of COVID-19 Emergency

FECAVA Poster - COVID-19 Advice for Vets

FECAVA Poster - COVID-19 Advice for Pet Owners

OIE/WVA - Joint Statement on Essential Veterinary Services

COVID-19 - HSE Posters - Symptoms, Risk, Hand Hygiene, Social Distancing etc


COVID-19 VetALERT Updates

68/20 - 31st  December 2020

64/20 - 17th December 2020

53/20 – 22nd October 2020

10m/20 – 9th June 2020

10l/20 – 19th May 2020

10k/20 – 13th May 2020

10j/20 – 7th April 2020

10i/20 - 30th March 2020

10h/20 - 28th March 2020

10g/20 - 25th March 2020

10f/20 - 24th March 2020

10e/20 - 20th March 2020

10d/20 - 18th March 2020

10c/20 - 12th March 2020

10b/20 - 11th March 2020

10a/20 - 10th March 2020

10/20 - 4th March 2020

Essential Websites


COVID-19 Website for updates, health & travel advice, welfare benefits, etc.


COVID-19 Website for health advice, posters, etc.


Health Protection Surveillance Centre - COVID-19 Website for health advice, etc.


Federation of Veterinarians of Europe COVID-19 Website


World Health Organisation COVID-19 Website

Covid-19 - Ireland

Ireland is now operating a DELAY STRATEGY.

The current advice from the HSE is that if you have a fever and/or a cough that you should stay at home, regardless of your travel or contact history.

If you have returned from an area that is subject to travel restrictions due to COVID-19 (check you should restrict your movement for 14 days.

All Citizens are advised to:

  • Reduce social interactions
  • Keep a distance of 2m between you and other people
  • Do not shake hands or make close contact where possible
  • Wash your hands well and often to avoid contamination
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or sleeve when coughing or sneezing and discard used tissue
  • Avoid touching eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hand
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surface