As states grapple to confront COVID-19, AVMA is asking authorities to recognize veterinary practices as essential businesses, and ensure that veterinary teams have access to needed medical supplies.
In a statement issued today, the AVMA urged that veterinary practices be designated “essential businesses” in cases where non-essential retail facilities are asked to close or repurpose personal protective equipment (PPE) due to COVID-19.
Veterinary teams provide essential animal care, play a critical role in protecting the health of animals that enter the food supply, and serve as trusted members of the local community in disaster situations. The AVMA’s statement enumerated the many essential services that veterinary teams provide, and urged lawmakers and state executives to ensure we can continue to serve our communities.
Find the full statement on AVMA’s COVID-19 webpage, along with a wide range of other resources for veterinarians and animal owners.