The RCVS published a new flowchart providing guidance for veterinary procedures, effective from 14th April 2020.
In a departure from previous communications, which appeared to rule out any routine and non-emergency visits, the flowchart, while asking vets to consider first if a non-emergency case can be supported remotely, advises vets that if they can effectively support the case while maintaining social distancing for their team and the public, they can “go ahead, taking care to risk assess for [themselves], [their] team and the public, to include consideration of movement of people to, from and around the premises”.
In cases where social distancing cannot be maintained, the advise is that if “the planned intervention [could] have animal health and welfare or public health implications if not carried out within two months” veterinarians can “go ahead, if [they] feel confident in [their] risk assessment for [themselves], [their] team and the public, to include consideration of PPE and movement of people to, from and around the premises.”
Further explanation of the guidance was provided in a video blog by Antony Clements, which can be found here: https://youtu.be/7153jja8CwE
A link to the flowchart, which was published on the BEVA website, can be found here: https://www.beva.org.uk/Portals/0/Documents/ResourcesForVets/COVID-19/flowchart-covid-19-guidance.pdf?ver=2020-04-09-190415-583