Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Coronavirus pandemic information for veterinarians and veterinary nurses

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Its a good time to grab your cat and log in to a webinar or online course.

When the going gets tough, the tough upskill. Given that so many people in Australia and around the world are in lockdown mode, it’s a good time to catch up on webinars, including those about coronaviruses. At present, veterinarians appear to be essential services and remain open to care for animals. Our professional associations including the Australian Veterinary Association are lobbying the government to ensure that continues, as animals will continue to need care.

Meanwhile if you find yourself with a little more time on your hands:

The World Health Organisation are running courses through their Open WHO channel. While they appear to be aimed at health professionals these are very basic: https://openwho.org/courses

(As an aside, in additional to these I am working through the Centre for Veterinary Education’s TimeOnline course on animal forensics, here: https://www.cve.edu.au/tol/animal-forensics-crime-scene-processing
Now is a very good time to engage in online learning).

The Humane Society Veterinary Medical Association has a resource page, including an upcoming webinar (if you’re in NSW Australia that will be 5am Thursday morning). In addition to resources for vets it has resources for shelter and rescue groups and for pet owners. (FYI the HSVMA is based in the US).

VetGirlOnTheRun are holding two webinars on the pandemic and veterinary clinics: https://vetgirlontherun.com/webinars/march-24-2020-covid19-coronavirus-basics-for-veterinary-clinics/

The Canadian Government have provided an update on animals and Covid-19. Bottom line: at present, there is no evidence that pets or livestock can develop Covid-19 or transmit SARS-CoV-2 to humans.

Dr Alicia Kennedy, from the social enterprise Cherished Pets, shared her experiences of supporting some of our most vulnerable companion animal owners in the age of coronavirus in this post.