Veterinary professionals have worked tirelessly and in line with the government's advice to look after the health and welfare of the nation’s animals, and to try and keep their teams, clients and themselves safe. Spring 2020 when this pandemic first emerged little was known about the disease. Now 12 months later we are facing into the busy spring period once again. Infection rates around in the community remain high, therefore it is important that all those working with animals, be it farm livestock, equines or companion animals remain vigilant.
Although veterinary professionals and practices continue to provide as full a range of services as possible, it is essential that the way in which we work is provided in a manner that supports social/physical distancing and good hygiene and biosecurity.
Vets when visiting farms, studs, racing yards etc are always aware of biosecurity measures to avoid the introduction and spread of disease between premises, now more than ever the human health aspect of that is of great importance.
When a vet is to visit your premises, either for routine calls or emergencies, please remember to do your part to minimise the risk of COVID-19 transmission.
Recognising the high degree of close personal interaction in the veterinary practice premises, measures were put in place in these practices at the outset of the COVID-19 pandemic to keep the public and practice staff as safe as possible. Please follow your practices guidelines. Waiting times at practice premises may be longer but these measures are in the interest of the health and safety of our clients and staff alike.
The veterinary workforce is busy at this time of year looking after our clients and their animals. A sick vet means no vet and no vet means your animals cannot be cared for when needed. By maintaining these safety measures, we can work together for a spring where your vet can continue to care for your animals at as close to full capacity as possible and where you and your family are kept safe and healthy whilst we await the full rollout of the vaccine that will free us from this pandemic.
Antonina Ni Dhuinn, Progress Communications