May 20, 2020
Guidance Document for relaxing definitions of essential veterinary services in response to easing of strict pandemic requirements in BC
Dear CVBC Veterinarians,
On May 6th, Premier John Horgan announced the next stage of British Columbia’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This guidance document reflects agreement between the College of Veterinarians of British Columbia (CVBC), the Society of British Columbia Veterinarians (SBCV) Chapter and the Ministry of Agriculture (AGRI) with final review provided by WorkSafe BC. This document supersedes all previous B.C. documents from various B.C. sources providing guidance on essential veterinary services.
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We wish to commend the veterinarians and practices that have shown true professionalism in restricting their practices to essential services and in embracing telemedicine to keep people at home while stringently applying physical distancing and conservation of personal protective equipment.
We all need to continue that effort while we ease some of the public health restrictions. How we move to the new normal may look different from one region or practice to the next. This is all new territory. We are making history with every step we take, and we will be judged on how we do.
Jane Pritchard, DVM MVetSc
Interim Registrar CVBC