COVID-19: Assessing risks and protecting team members

Published on March 26, 2020
COVID-19 Infection Map - March 23, 2020

As veterinarians navigate how to continue providing patient care in the COVID-19 pandemic, it's important for veterinary employers and practice teams to develop new protocols to protect the health and safety of both clients and team members.

To help with that, AVMA has developed a new resource: Protecting your veterinary team during the pandemic.

This new webpage can help clinics implement risk management strategies, including risk assessment. It provides a risk assessment hierarchy based on information from the CDC and may be helpful in developing a safety program for your team.

COVID-19 Risk Levels

What works for one practice may not work for another, so the AVMA encourages employers to use their best judgment when evaluating currently available information. Employers need to be prepared to reassess risk levels as new information is learned about COVID-19 and its transmission in each community.   

Take advantage of more COVID-19 resources

The new resource can be found on our dedicated COVID-19 webpage, along with a wide range of other practical tools and information to help the veterinary community respond and adjust in the current climate. New resources coming soon include guidance for shelters that manage companion animals and for food supply medicine.

You can subscribe to this blog and like the AVMA’s social media pages to see announcements when new information and tools are available.


Sabina Fleming DVM
March 30, 2020 Permalink

CDC Risk Guidelines are underestimating risk

No Identifiable Risk - being in the same room as someone that is infected with COVID 19 is definitely a risk as surfaces can harbor the virus for extended periods of time. The above information is incorrect and dangerous. CDC has unfortunately not been the best source of information.

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