After my last very long post, here’s a quicky. Like most professions, veterinary medicine is being impacted by COVID-19 and the urgent need for social distancing. Many aspects of veterinary medicine are essential to public health, food safety and animal welfare, but we also can’t forget the importance of the human-animal bond, especially in trying times like these when people need all the support mechanisms they can get. (We had to euthanize our cat Finnegan (below) yesterday… not a great end to an already tough week).
Anyway, the Ontario Veterinary Medical Association surveyed its members this week about how the pandemic is affecting their practices. I’ll just post a couple of the results, showing what’s already happening in vet clinics as they try to balance social distancing and animal care. I’m sure the number of clinics taking measures is increasing daily, but almost every clinic was already doing something.