COVID-19

The NBVMA recognizes that veterinary practices provide essential services to maintain the health and welfare of animals in the province of NB. The NBVMA is working to ensure that veterinary services remain available during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Veterinary practices are taking steps to ensure that the health of their clients and their staff are protected and are asking for your patience, understanding and cooperation.

Veterinary practices may be reducing their hours and the types of services they provide. Due to the shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE), veterinary practices may need to postpone elective procedures and change the way that some services are delivered. This may include providing certain consultations by electronic means (telemedicine) where appropriate.

Veterinary practices may be requesting that you take certain precautions when seeking care for your pet. If you have traveled outside of Canada in the last 14 days, have any flu-like symptoms (fever, cough, difficulty breathing) or have been in close contact with a person that has been diagnosed with COVID-19, please do not take your pet to a veterinary practice yourself. Call your veterinary practice and follow their directives.

Our goal is to ensure that non-elective and emergency veterinary medical services are available when needed.

Useful links on COVID-19

Government of NB: https://www2.gnb.ca/content/gnb/en/departments/ocmoh/cdc/content/respiratory_diseases/coronavirus.html

Public Health Agency of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19.html

Government of Canada: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection/prevention-risks.html

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association: https://www.canadianveterinarians.net/coronavirus-covid-19

Worms & Germs Blog: https://www.wormsandgermsblog.com/

World Small Animal Veterinary Association: https://wsava.org/news/highlighted-news/the-new-coronavirus-and-companion-animals-advice-for-wsava-members/

World Organization for Animal Health: https://www.oie.int/en/scientific-expertise/specific-information-and-recommendations/questions-and-answers-on-2019novel-coronavirus/

World Health Organization: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019/events-as-they-happen

Centres for Disease Control and Prevention: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html