COVID-19 unemployment insurance

Updated as of March 16, 2021

On March 11, 2021, Congress passed another COVID-19 relief bill that extends Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA), which covers veterinary small business owners, self-employed veterinarians, and independent contractor veterinarians who are out of work or have significantly reduced hours as a result of the coronavirus pandemic but may not otherwise qualify for unemployment support. The legislation also extends the Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC), which provides additional weeks when state unemployment runs out. Both programs were extended until September 6, 2021. Unemployed individuals will receive an additional $300 per week until September 6, 2021.

To find out more information and or to apply for unemployment in your state visit the Department of Labor (DOL) CareerOneStop website.