OVMA letter to the Ministry of the Soliciter General: veterinary medicine as an essential service
Companion animal practice guide to elective and essential services
In allowing veterinary practices to remain open, the province has placed tremendous trust in the veterinary profession to operate in a manner that, to the extent possible, prevents the spread of COVID-19. To that end, OVMA has worked with Dr. Scott Weese to develop a guide to practicing companion animal medicine in a manner that protects both veterinary staff and clients during the current pandemic. View the companion animal practice guide to elective and essential services.
COVID-19 checklist for practices
The COVID-19 outbreak is necessitating significant changes in how veterinary practices carry out their day-to-day activities. It will also require practices to plan for possible contingencies, including the potential temporary closure of the practice. To assist members in this regard, OVMA has developed a checklist that sets out actions a practice should take to safeguard employees and clients and plan for the future.
Guide to keeping your practice afloat
OVMA has developed a step-by-step guide to help keep your practice afloat financially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Guide to keeping your personal finances afloat
OVMA has developed a guide to help keep your personal finances afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Smart.Vet telehealth service
OVMA's new member service, Smart.Vet, allows you to offer clients remote consultations by text, phone or video via a telehealth platform branded for your practice. OVMA members receive a special discounted rate. Learn more about Smart.Vet or sign up for the service.
COVID-19 employment law webinar
The COVID-19 pandemic has raised a host of questions concerning veterinary practices' ability to take certain actions to stay afloat during the crisis. To address these questions and other issues, OVMA hosted a webinar on COVID-19 employment law featuring a presentation by Jordan Morelli and Tamara Ramsey from Dale & Lessmann LLC, which provides legal counsel to OVMA. Watch the webinar recording or view the presentation slides.
For more questions and answers regarding employment law, visit our COVID-19 Employment Issues web page.
Veterinary Purchasing has advised OVMA that it has no inventory of surgical masks, and that masks may not be replenished until this summer. The inventory of surgical gloves is also low.
- Consider re-using masks to extend the lifespan of your current supply (see Dr. Scott Weese’s Worms & Germs blog on the subject).
- Consider whether to postpone elective procedures that require use of a mask and gloves.
- While practices should avoid hoarding products, ensure you have a reasonable supply of other essential products in case of supply chain interruptions.
OVMA has also received reports of surgical masks being stolen from veterinary clinics. Practices should keep masks in a secure location during the COVID-19 outbreak.
COVID-19 updates (NewsHound)
April 3: Province updates list of essential services: impact on veterinary practices
April 3: Wellness webinar, CFIA extension deadlines, resources for bovine practitioners, OIP office is moving
April 2: More federal wage subsidy details, watch our wellness webinar
April 1: Federal wage subsidy details, staff exposure, Canadian Emergency Response benefit, employment insurance, wellness webinar
March 30: Federal wage subsidy, employment law Q&As, free classified ads, request for ventilators, protecting farm biosecurity, practice survey #2 results
March 26: Employment law webinar recording, guide to keeping your practice afloat, federal and provincial assistance, protocol for staff falling ill, practice survey #2, well-being webinars
March 24: Veterinary services declared essential, COVID-19 employment law webinar, donating PPE
March 23: Resources for bovine and equine practitioners
March 20: Health and safety advice, CVO guidelines on after-hours service and records transfer, parasite season, practice survey results
March 19: Flea/tick/heartworm protocols, PPE, government funding, COVID-19 practice survey
March 17: Potential mandatory closure, MyVetStore for online ordering/delivery, practice finances
Employers may have questions regarding employee travel during the outbreak. View answers to some basic questions. (source: Hicks Morley)