How to practice veterinary medicine in a COVID-19 world is causing a lot of angst. Questions about dental procedures often top the list. Rightly so, since those are perhaps the highest risk type of procedure for SARS-CoV-2 exposure from animals. Dentistry involves close contact with the face and respiratory secretions, and the potential generation of

Newton’s third law is “For every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

COVID-19’s first law is “For many actions, there’s a big over-reaction.

Careful communication is important to limit the impact of COVID-19’s first law. However, some over-reaction is still going to occur.

One of the big concerns about

Updated document: April 28, 2020

Below are some timely comments, headed up by OVC veterinary parasitologist Dr. Andrew Peregrine, about heartworm testing and heartworm preventive administration during this period of “urgent care only” veterinary services.  You can also click here for a pdf version of the comments Please note that this was created for

The hunt for the intermediate host for SARS-CoV-2 continues. It’s pretty universally accepted (the odd conspiracy theorist aside) that this virus, like SARS and MERS, originated in bats. How it made it to people is an important question we’d like to answer to help understand this virus and future risks.

Figuring that out is challenging

A new paper is suggesting dogs played a role in the origin of SARS-CoV-2.

Doubtful. I suspect this will be like the snake-origin story… lots of initial press but ultimately not much support. (The snake paper was largely debunked within about 24 hours.)

The current study, released a few minutes ago by the journal