Coronavirus Crisis

Last updated 11.29.2021

News & Updates

Today, AVMA launched a targeted campaign to encourage members, the veterinary healthcare team, and clients to get vaccinated against COVID-19 if they are able. This campaign was encouraged by the CDC, as the agency recognizes the key role veterinarians play in society and public health. You may see campaign elements in your email, social media feeds, through advertising on websites that you visit, in your mailbox, or even on digital screens at various businesses.

As veterinarians, we understand the power of vaccines and are uniquely qualified to share their importance in preventing and controlling disease, and we have created a variety of materials for members to use in sharing this information in their practices and communities. These include:

  • posters for practice lobbies and back office areas
  • client handouts
  • talking points for discussing the vaccine with clients or the public
  • an FAQ about the vaccine itself
  • language you can use for on-hold messages or on appointment reminders and videos

Many of the materials offer multiple versions featuring veterinarians interacting with various animal species, so that they are relevant to different audiences. Physical campaign materials will be mailed the week of December 3rd to practices located within geographic areas that have been reported by the CDC to have lower vaccination rates. You are invited to view to view and download any of these materials.

We fully understand that not every veterinarian will be comfortable discussing the COVID-19 vaccine, and that every encounter with a colleague or client simply isn't going lend itself to a conversation about vaccination against COVID-19. The resource materials are intended to make that conversation easier for those who are comfortable and do want to take the opportunity to discuss it with their colleagues and clients.

—AVMA Division of State Advocacy

All State of Ohio Emergency Health Orders have been rescinded as of June 18, 2021.

The Executive Orders, when originally issued, allowed non-traditional vaccine administrators to administer COVID-19 vaccine to the public. With the lifting of these orders, veterinarians and other previously authorized administrators are no longer permitted to give COVID vaccines in the state of Ohio.

Dentists, dental hygienists, and veterinarians scheduled to participate in upcoming COVID-19 vaccination clinics, and enrolled provider sites that utilize these professionals to administer COVID-19 vaccine, must make alternative arrangements to have others administer vaccine.

This morning, Gov. Mike DeWine unveiled the next stage of Ohio’s vaccination schedule, which is based on age and medical condition, rather than specifically incorporating essential workers as identified in the CDC guidelines. However, in less than two weeks, all Ohioans over age 16 will be eligible to be vaccinated.

Beginning Friday, the next phase includes individuals ages 40 and up and those with the following medical conditions: cancer, chronic kidney disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, and/or obesity.

On March 29, all Ohioans are tentatively scheduled to become eligible.

Vaccination appointments can be scheduled through various health provider networks and the state’s new statewide vaccination website.

The Ohio Department of Health director has issued an order authorizing certain medical personnel, including veterinarians, to administer COVID vaccines.

Read ODH Order ❯❯

In his press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 12, Gov. Mike DeWine shared the following information:

  • The Ohio Department of Health has received information from the federal government on Ohio's vaccine allotment for the upcoming week.
  • This information includes which providers will receive vaccines and how many.
  • Each county health department, in partnership with their local emergency management agency and vaccine providers, will communicate vaccine distribution plans with the media and the public on Wednesday, Jan. 13, and Thursday, Jan. 14.
  • The process to vaccinate those in each county will vary depending on the provider. Some are expected to hold walk-up clinics, others may take appointments, etc.
  • On Thursday, the Ohio Department of Health will launch a tool on to assist citizens looking for a provider that has been allotted vaccines.
  • The tool will be searchable by zip code or county, but it will not be updated in real-time. It is critical that those eligible to receive a vaccine consult local sources to determine up-to-date vaccine availability.

Read Full Recap ❯❯

In his press conference on Tuesday, Jan. 5, Gov. Mike DeWine shared the following information:

  • Recap of Phases 1A and 1B of Ohio's vaccine distribution plan. Because the availability of the vaccine remains limited in Ohio and across the country, Ohio is taking a phased approach that prioritizes the most vulnerable citizens, those in the healthcare field, and school staff members. Phase 1A, which is currently underway, includes approximately 1 million Ohioans.
  • Phase 1B focuses largely on those who are 65 and older. Those in this age group are most vulnerable to COVID-19 and make up more than 87 percent of Ohioans who have died from the virus. Phase 1B also includes school teachers and other school staff who will be offered the vaccine in an effort to get Ohio's children back to school as soon as possible. In total, Phase 1B includes an estimated 2.2 million people.
    • Note: Veterinarians are identified in the CDC guidelines as "essential workers," with a grouping now identified by the CDC as 1B and 1C.
  • Details of future phases of the vaccination plan will be announced as Phases 1A and 1B progress and as Ohio receives vaccines for the future phases. Ohio is currently receiving roughly 100,000 vaccines each week, although that number could increase if more vaccines are approved for administration.

Read Full Recap ❯❯

With the COVID vaccine distribution and administration underway, there have been a number of inquiries regarding when and how veterinarians might be eligible to receive it. As we have previously shared, veterinarians are identified in the CDC guidelines as "essential workers," with a grouping now identified by the CDC as 1B and 1C. The OVMA has reinforced your importance in food safety and public health in correspondence with Gov. DeWine’s office.

While we have indications that the State of Ohio will likely follow much of the CDC framework, there will be some variations, such as identifying individuals 65 years of age and older and teachers for the next round of vaccinations in Ohio.

It remains unknown how the essential worker pool, including veterinarians, will be prioritized after that round. Available vaccine quantities and distribution rates will of course impact the timing as well.

At present, there are no means to sign up, reserve, or otherwise take action to place yourself “in line” for when veterinarian healthcare teams will be eligible for the vaccine. There is also no information at this point explaining how individuals will be asked to verify their status to receive the vaccine.

We have been told it will likely be two to four weeks at minimum before more definitive information on subsequent phases will be made available. As soon as we have more information, we will notify members via e-mail and update this page.

With multiple COVID-19 vaccines on the verge of gaining FDA approval, Gov. Mike DeWine held a press conference last week to unveil the state's vaccination distribution plan. Initially, there will be a limited supply of doses available, which the Ohio Department of Health plans to distribute first to the following populations during Phase 1A:

  • Human healthcare providers and personnel involved with the care of COVID-19 patients;
  • Residents and staff at nursing and assisted living facilities, psychiatric hospitals, and veterans homes;
  • People with intellectual disabilities and those with mental illness who live in group homes or centers, as well as staff at those locations; and
  • EMS responders.

According to CDC guidelines, essential workers are included in the second tier of vaccine distributions. OVMA reached out to the governor’s office a few weeks ago to reaffirm the role of veterinarians and their staffs as essential workers. In other words, veterinarians and their teams are currently identified in the second vaccination group, right after human healthcare.

As vaccine supply increases, Ohio will be able to continue to vaccinate Ohioans who choose to receive the vaccine. The speed at which Ohio will move through the phases is largely dependent upon the number of vaccines available.

For more information on Ohio's COVID-19 vaccination distribution plan, please visit the ODH Coronavirus website.

In a statewide address last week, Gov. Mike DeWine reaffirmed and strengthened Ohio’s statewide mask requirements, as well as outlining possible next steps if COVID-19 infections continue to rise.

By state order, both employees and customers are required to wear masks in businesses. The stepped-up mask requirements also state that businesses must post signage regarding the mask mandate; specific verbiage or dimensions are not stipulated. The state has created sample signs for businesses to use; you may download these and other signage on ODH's coronavirus website (the new mask mandate signs are under the "Face Coverings" tab).

Additionally, businesses must now enforce the mask mandate on customers entering their facility. Failure to do so would result in a warning on the first occurrence and a possible forced closure for 24 hours for subsequent violations.

At this time, the governor's order includes no other related restrictions that would affect veterinary operations. We will keep you apprised of any changes as they may occur.

Read Revised Mask Order ❯❯

The Ohio Public Health Advisory System consists of four color-coded levels that provide Ohioans with guidance as to the severity of the problem in the counties in which they live. The levels are determined by seven data indicators that identify the risk level for each county and a corresponding color code to represent that risk level.

Level 3 (red) indicates very high exposure and spread. Residents are advised to limit activities as much as possible.

View Full Map of Alert Levels ❯❯

  • Confirmed U.S. cases include at least 12 dogs and 10 cats.
  • States with confirmed pet cases include: Arizona, California, Georgia, New York, North Carolina, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin. Ohio has no confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 in pets at this time.
  • All infected animals were exposed to people with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19.
  • Although some of the animals have died, most required little veterinary intervention.
  • Source: AVMA

Full Article ❯❯

Gov. Mike DeWine has mandated wearing face coverings in all public locations statewide. Specifically, this includes any non-residential indoor location and outdoors when unable to maintain a distance of six feet from other people.

Although the new rule mandates face coverings with few exceptions, it does not stipulate any required external enforcement by the business owner.

Businesses in counties not under a mask order may still choose to require visitors to wear masks as a condition of entering their facilities.

Read ODH Mask Order ❯❯

On May 21, the Ohio Expositions Commission announced the cancelation of the 2020 Ohio State Fair out of concerns for public health, citing the difficulty of hosting an event that last year drew 934,925 visitors while adhering to social distancing protocols.

"The financial ramifications of hosting a reduced-capacity fair would be too great," commission chair Andy Doehrel added, "and we need to protect the Ohio State Fair for future generations."

As for county and independent fairs, decisions about whether to proceed or to cancel are made on a local level.

To assist county fair boards and agricultural groups in making this determination, the Fair Advisory Group has developed guidelines for how officials can work with county health departments to safely operate junior fairs.

View Guidelines ❯❯

We recognize that some of you have grooming services associated with your clinic operations. Accordingly, we had reached out to Gov. Mike DeWine's office to ascertain whether pet grooming services would be considered as a retail service and allowed to restart next week on May 12, or would be considered under the personal appearance category for resumption on May 15. As of today, we have not received clarification; however, with human grooming allowed to resume next Friday, both options will, one way or another, take effect next week.

We are aware of a local health department that has already provided guidance that grooming would be considered a retail service and allowed to resume May 12. After reviewing the retail service and personal appearance order provisions, this seems consistent with its intent. Though absent specific state guidance, resumption of grooming on May 12 is reasonable, and in any event will be permitted by May 15.

In all grooming situations, proper general safety business protocols (e.g., masks when around other people, social distancing, and frequent disinfecting) is required. "Curbside service" and other safety measures you are now following in your clinic should be extended to grooming situations as applicable and to the extent possible.

Gov. Mike DeWine's announcement yesterday cleared the way for all veterinary medical procedures to restart this Friday, May 1. This expansion includes elective procedures, all vaccines, and well checks, among other activity related to the animal's current and future health.

At this juncture, it does not appear this was intended to include grooming services unless there is a correlating medical necessity. The expansion to all veterinary medical activity mirrors the broadening of human medical activity. Because human grooming services are not cleared to resume at this point, the spirit of the directive would suggest the same is true for pets, though the interactions are obviously different. We will provide additional clarity as we receive more information.

Please note that the directive instructs the continuation of minimizing PPE use to the extent possible, stating that "dental services and veterinary services may also proceed if a safe environment can be established."

Responsible Protocols

The safety protocols all entities are now instructed to follow include:

  • Requiring face coverings for all employees and recommending them for clients
  • Conducting daily health assessments or self-evaluations of employees (this may include but does not require temperature checks and an assessment/check-in with employees on changes in their health status)
  • Maintaining social distancing within the clinic work environment, to the extent possible
  • Frequently sanitizing surfaces
  • Limiting capacity to meet social distancing guidelines

Veterinary medical professionals are already practicing many of these protocols, and other safety measures implemented during the pandemic, such as keeping clients and animals in vehicles until service can be provided and remote payment, should continue.

We will keep you apprised of new developments as they occur. Please remember, a number of related health and business operational guidance materials can be found on OVMA's coronavirus resources page.

Gov. Mike DeWine today announced his general plans to begin reopening and expanding activities in Ohio. In his press conference this afternoon, he discussed a return to elective medical procedures and stated that veterinary medicine would be "full speed ahead," effective this Friday, May 1.

To verify a complete understanding of all parameters, we need to review the language of the actual order, which was not yet available at press time. It is, however, our understanding that elective procedures, such as spay/neuter and routine dentals, are no longer restricted and can resume beginning Friday.

It is important to note that there are also general business parameters that are to be followed, including six feet distancing where possible, wearing masks when around fellow employees, health check-ins with employees, and frequent disinfecting.

While we know you may have a number of questions, please be aware that we are awaiting complete information before we can provide any additional details. We understand that more information will be posted sometime today on Ohio's coronavirus website. We will share more information tomorrow morning after we review and confirm the details.

As reported on Monday, OVMA has asked the governor to remove restrictions on elective procedures in veterinary medicine. To date, we have not received word on when this will take place.

Earlier this week, you may have heard that ODH Director Dr. Amy Acton issued a new order regarding elective procedures. However, this action was a clarification to the original order on human elective surgery (view parameters here) issued on March 17 and does not pertain to veterinary medicine.

We recognize our request interrelates to a broader plan to begin resuming certain activities with appropriate safeguards in place. We also are aware that many veterinary clinics and their clients are eagerly anticipating the return of the availability of these elective procedures.

We will likely learn of the governor's plans early next week, but cannot guarantee the same. We will inform you as soon as we are made aware.

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture confirmed this afternoon that two pet cats in New York have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 infection. These are the first pets in the United States to test positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. Both cats had mild respiratory symptoms and are expected to make a full recovery.

The animals live in separate areas of New York state. While neither lives in a household with any residents confirmed COVID-19 positive, it is not clear if the owners were only mildly ill or asymptomatic. It is possible they also may have contracted it from a person outside the home.

The CDC and USDA reconfirmed that routine testing of animals is still not recommended at this time. State animal health and public health officials will take the lead should that recommendation change.


Yesterday the Ohio Department of Health issued an order requiring healthcare practitioners and facilities to register ventilators online with ODH, so health officials can track quantities and locations. 

The definition of ventilator in the order (click here to read) includes anesthetic machines. It is not clear from the order whether it was intended to apply to veterinary facilities. We have reached out to the governor's office this afternoon for clarification. While the order calls for posting a ventilator equipment inventory online by the end of today, there is not a stated penalty for failure to meet this timeline.

To prevent confusion in their data, we suggest waiting until OVMA receives clarification on if veterinary facilities are required to register. We will advise you as soon as we have received confirmation from an appropriate authority.

Federal legislation passed late last week by Congress offers important relief options to mitigate some of the economic effects of the pandemic crisis. Besides individual relief payments to some taxpayers, the Coronavirus Aid Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act offers assistance to small businesses, student loan payees, and laid-off workers.

Small Business Loans

Open to companies with fewer than 500 employees, these loans are available through SBA lending institutions. Small businesses can receive funds of up to 250% of their average monthly payroll, which can be used to cover certain expenses. Borrowers will also be eligible for loan forgiveness for certain expenses equal to the amount spent during an eight-week period after the loan's origination date.

Federal Student Loan Relief

The federal relief package also includes a provision suspending federal student loan payments and interest accrual for a six-month period (through Sept. 30, 2020).

Unemployment Benefits Expanded

For individuals whose employment has been impacted during the coronavirus pandemic, a federal expansion of unemployment benefits now includes self-employed and independent contractors who make less than $100,000 annually. Additional federal funds now add $600 weekly to state unemployment benefits. Ohio has also waived minimum waiting period provisions.

Resources for More Information

Ohio Department of Health Director Dr. Amy Acton has issued an order for all Ohioans to shelter in place effective at 11:59 p.m. Monday, March 23. Essential services/businesses are exempted, including veterinary medicine. Clients taking animals in for treatment are also exempt as are animal shelters. Businesses that remain open must implement social distancing provisions.

We are confirming our understanding of all elements of the order with the governor's office tomorrow and will also share additional information relative to the order at that time.

Read Full Order ❯❯

Frequently Asked Questions ❯❯

2:02 p.m.

We are aware that you have received conflicting information on the permissibility of elective surgeries in veterinary medicine. We apologize for the confusion this has caused you, your staff, and your clients.

This morning, we spoke with senior policy officials in Gov. DeWine's office to clarify how the provisions of yesterday's order were applicable to veterinary medicine. What we shared earlier today accurately reflected the information as we understood it.

After sending our e-bulletin, however, we were made aware that it conflicted with information you received from the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board. As a result, we immediately reached back out to the governor's office for clarification. We have received the following clarification from the governor:

"At yesterday's daily update on COVID-19, Dr. Acton announced an order limiting elective surgeries in light of the demand for medical supplies and the need for personal protective equipment. As a follow-up to this announcement, the Governor's office sent out communication that said this order would include elective surgeries for animals. After further review, it needs to be clarified the Director of Health's order did not include elective surgeries for animals."

Please be aware that the governor's office also indicated that:

"in the coming days the Director of the Ohio Department of Health will be signing an order clarifying that veterinarians will be included as part of the directive regarding elective surgeries. In the interim, it is [the governor's office's] hope that Ohio's veterinarians will partner with the state in the preservation of Personal Protective Equipment/necessary medical supplies needed for the ongoing health emergency."

In the current environment of rapidly evolving and changing information, we strive to be as complete and accurate as possible while also providing information in a timely manner. Unfortunately, there obviously can be miscommunications and misunderstandings, as occurred in this instance. We know this can be frustrating and confusing for all involved, and we hope the above has clarified the situation for you.

11:59 a.m.

Late yesterday, the director of the Ohio Department of Health signed an order requiring the postponement of elective procedures that use PPE. Below is a summary of key points, but we encourage you to read the order in its entirety.Read Director's Order ❯❯

what is affected and when

Effective 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, all non-essential or elective surgeries and procedures that use PPE should not be conducted. Non-essential surgeries are those that can be delayed without undue risk to the current or future health of a patient. The criteria for what constitutes "non-elective" in the order are as follows:

  • Threat to the patient's life if surgery or procedure is not performed;
  • Threat of permanent dysfunction of an extremity or organ system;
  • Risk of metastasis or progression of staging; and/or
  • Risk of rapidly worsening to severe symptoms.

The order is written with certain references reflective principally to human healthcare situations. With that in mind, OVMA spoke with the governor's office this morning to seek clarification and ensure the accuracy of what we are sharing. This order does apply to veterinarians and veterinary procedures.

Effect on Veterinarians

The order is in effect until rescinded and applies to elective veterinary procedures where any PPE would be used, even those that require only surgical gloves and not a mask or gown. However, it is important to note that it is within your best medical judgement using the outlined criteria as to whether a procedure is elective and if postponement reflects a health risk to the animal.

For example: As a general reference, routine dental procedures and spay/neuter surgeries would be considered elective, assuming there are not other mitigating circumstances or health concerns.

Please also note the order also directs healthcare practitioners to eliminate non-essential individuals from procedure rooms and patient care areas to preserve PPE. Again, use your best medical judgment to define what constitutes essential personnel in each individual circumstance. 

OVMA will share additional guidance on this and other aspects of the COVID-19 response as the situation continues to develop.

Veterinarians and "Essential" Personnel

One other point of clarification: There have been concerns raised on whether veterinarians are considered "essential personnel" in any further restrictions on operations. There is no current movement toward such broad orders in Ohio, and there is no current statute that defines "essential personnel." Generally speaking, medical personnel, including veterinarians, are considered "essential," as has been the case in areas where recent orders of this nature took effect. OVMA has already communicated with the governor's office on the important role you play and the need for you to be included as "essential" should any such order be considered in the future.

ODA Labs still open and operational

ODA has made changes in the process of delivering samples to limit human-to-human contact. When dropping off a sample, please call the lab, and a staff member will come to the door to accept the sample in a safe manner for both parties.

  • Animal Diagnostic Disease Laboratory (ADDL) - 614.728.6220
  • Consumer Protection Lab (CPL) – 614.728.6230


On Saturday, March 14, OVMA President Dr. Greg Hass and Executive Director Jack Advent spoke with Gov. Mike DeWine, who asked that veterinary offices turn over any personal protective equipment (PPE) that could be spared to their local Emergency Management Agency for distribution and use in human healthcare. The governor also encouraged any efforts within veterinary medicine that could conserve PPE use. We did share with the governor that, to our knowledge, PPE supplies in veterinary medicine facilities are already very limited due to current demand and backorders, but as a profession we would do our best to assist.

What This Means

If you are in a position to do so, please deliver any PPE supplies you can spare to your county's Emergency Management Agency. Please also let the OVMA office know of your donation (contact [email protected]) so we can track a statewide response. It is not clear at this time whether you will be reimbursed by the state for any donation, but at a minimum any donation may be eligible for a business tax deduction.


Later on March 14, Gov. DeWine's office released the following statement:

"Governor DeWine announced that the state had received its personal protective equipment (PPE), such as gloves, gowns, and goggles, from the National Strategic Reserve last night. He asked all health care providers and others that use PPE to conserve their supplies. Governor DeWine requested that dentists and veterinarians postpone elective surgeries. Governor DeWine explained that his health advisory group is in the process of developing guidelines for doctors for postponing elective surgeries that will not put patients at risk. These measures will open up critical treatment beds while preserving the state's limited supply of PPE." Read full release ❯❯

What This Means

Relative to elective surgeries, be advised that the governor's statement was a request. It should be viewed in a broader context of conservation of resources. OVMA has not taken a formal position on postponing elective surgeries; as with most medical decisions, it is a determination best made between the veterinarian and the client, reflecting individual medical circumstances.

Another option to consider in the effort to preserve PPE is temporarily modifying general surgical standards of care where appropriate, including:

  • Performing minimally invasive surgeries with sterile surgical gloves and without a surgical mask and/or gown
  • Reusing gowns and masks

❯❯ See also: FDA's Surgical Mask and Gown Conservation Strategies

On Monday morning, OVMA made a formal appeal to the Ohio Veterinary Medical Licensing Board, requesting that it permit actions like these that would normally violate the minimum standards of care (OAC 4741-1-03) during this current healthcare crisis. We are also part of national discussions relative to this approach.

The U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 6201 very early Saturday, March 14. The bill will be taken up by the Senate very quickly and is expected to pass the Senate this upcoming week. It is possible the Senate will make changes. President Trump has indicated he will sign the bill as soon as it is delivered to his desk. Read more from AVMA ❯❯


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On Demand

Coronavirus - Data Deep Dive: The Current State of the Veterinary Industry

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  • Description:This webinar will use revenue and invoice data from 2,500+ practices via the VetSuccess Industry Impact Tracker and April's VHMA Insiders' Insight Report survey data to examine how practices are coping with coronavirus and take a behind-the-scenes look at the Q2 VHMA Practice Performance Benchmarks. Important growth KPIs, including change in active patients and revenue per unique patient, will also be discussed. Walk away with a better understanding of where our industry is at and action items for your own practice.
  • Speaker: Esther Fraser (VetSuccess)
  • Cost: Free
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  • Description: When it's important to minimize interactions between pet owners and veterinary teams, best medicine might mean a more aggressive work-up and treatment plan than in more relaxed times. Learn how you can adapt your approach in this roundtable discussion, and see how it can translate into success for your practice, a better experience for your clients, and optimal care for your patients.
  • Speakers: Jay Crisman, DVM; Nell Dalton, DVM; Valerie Fadok, DVM, Ph.D., DACVD; Natalie Marks, DVM, CVJ; Jessica Rodriguez, DVM; and Richard Goldstein, DVM, DACVIM (SAIM), DECVIM-CA.
  • Cost: Free
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Coronavirus: Hitting The Re-Start Button – Addressing Common Issues as Employees Return to Work

  • Hosted by: VHMA
  • Description: This webinar will review some of the common questions employers are raising as they begin easing back to "normalcy" in the workplace. Including topics such as making workplaces safe, dealing with employees concerned about risks, and handling FFCRA and PPP money with the restored workforce.
  • Speaker: Timothy A. Davis, J.D.
  • Cost: Free
  • View webinar recording ❯❯

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COVID-19 Veterinary Conversations: Navigating the Pandemic Together

  • Hosted by: Massachusetts VMA and Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
  • Description: This webinar will address veterinary practice safety measures during the COVID-19 crisis. This is the first of a bi-weekly webinar series to help provide relevant and current advice on best responses to address the challenges created by the pandemic.
  • Speaker: Dr. Cheryl Blaze, hospital director of Tufts' Foster Hospital for Small Animals
  • Cost: Free
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Coronavirus - Recovery Plan: Strategies for Bringing Back Clients, Finances, and Production

  • Hosted by: Veterinary Hospital Managers Association
  • Description: This webinar will focus on comeback strategies for reducing the backlog of annual vaccines and non-urgent care procedures, dealing with financially uncertain clients, and protecting staff from burnout.
  • Speaker: Darren Osborne, M.A. (Ontario VMA)
  • Cost: Free
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Euthanasia in the Time of Coronavirus: Providing, Protecting, Preserving

  • Hosted by: Fear Free
  • Description: Euthanasia remains an essential service for veterinary teams to provide. This webinar discusses how to maintain skill and compassion while providing end-of-life services, protecting those present, and preserving the human-animal bond.
  • Speaker: Kathleen Cooney, DVM, CHPV, CCFP
  • Cost: Free
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Proactive Practices for Preventing and Alleviating Fear, Anxiety, Stress & Pain in Times of COVID-19

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  • Description: This webinar discusses the maintenance of Fear Free protocols, including guidelines for the use and selection of medications at a time when the COVID-19 virus is necessitating social distancing and limitation of services, which can lead to the need for pre-entry assessment and separating owners from their pets for veterinary care.
  • Speakers: Tamara Grubb, DVM, PhD, DACVAA, and Gary Landsberg, DVM, DACVB, DECAWBM (CA)
  • Cost: Free
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Fear Free Veterinary Medicine During COVID-19

  • Hosted by: Fear Free
  • Description: It seems like we are all adapting by the hour, or even the minute. Implementing new guidelines to keep team members and clients safe during this time can feel daunting. This webinar shares how Fear Free Certified Practices are successfully protecting the emotional welfare of patients while practicing medicine under new and challenging circumstances.
  • Speaker: Monique Feyrecilde, BA, LVT, VTS (Behavior)
  • Cost: Free
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New recommendations and protocol for sheltering COVID-19 exposed pets

  • Hosted by: UW Shelter Medicine Program
  • Speaker: Dr. Sandra Newbury (University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program)
  • Cost: Free
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Shelter Admission Decisions During the COVID-19 Pandemic: Providing Service Safely

  • Hosted by: Million Cat Challenge
  • Description: This webinar lays out the reasons shelters should be limiting admissions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reserving shelter space for only the animals who truly need it will help protect animals and slow the spread of the coronavirus among humans.
  • Speakers: Drs. Kate Hurley (UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program) & Sandra Newbury (University of Wisconsin Shelter Medicine Program)
  • Cost: Free
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Maintaining live outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic...and beyond

  • Hosted by: UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program
  • Speaker: Dr. Kate Hurley (UC Davis Koret Shelter Medicine Program)
  • Cost: Free
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COVID-19, CARES, and More: Update on Veterinary Business Continuity and Liquidity Issues

  • Hosted by: Ohio Veterinary Medical Association
  • Description:OVMA member and business consultant Dr. Marsha Heinke, EA, CPA, CVPM discusses key issues veterinary practice decision makers should consider to protect their practices and employees through the pandemic crisis and the subsequent recovery period. This webinar (recorded 4/10/20) reviews recent economic rescue/stimulus legislation, including up-to-the-minute regulatory guidance and specific actions for practice leaders to take as they shepherd their businesses through this challenging time.
  • Speaker: Dr. Marsha Heinke
  • Cost: Free for OVMA members
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Coronavirus - Leading For Resilience in Times of Crisis

  • Hosted by: Veterinary Hospital Managers Association
  • Description: In this session, we'll explore what the sciences of Positive Psychology and Positive Organizational Scholarship have to share about leading for resilience in times of crisis. As an attendee, you will be empowered with a set of evidence-based practices and tools to elevate the best in yourself and your team during a difficult time so that together you may face the challenge productively.
  • Speaker: Josh Vaisman (Flourish Veterinary Consulting LLC)
  • Cost: Free
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Understanding the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act)

  • Hosted by: Veterinary Hospital Managers Association
  • Description: With a massive $2 trillion allocated for businesses, individuals, federal agencies, and state and local governments, the CARES Act has been designed to distribute capital quickly and broadly. There are a number of provisions that impact small businesses. This webinar will help attendees understand how this ACT is broken down and applies to them.
  • Speaker: Timothy A. Davis, J.D.
  • Cost: Free
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Coronavirus - Financial Matters Owners and Managers Need to Focus On

  • Hosted by: Veterinary Hospital Managers Association
  • Description: The fluid pandemic situation continues to impact employees and client flow. This time of uncertainty leads to many leadership decisions and actions veterinary practice owners and managers are called to make. This webinar will provide an overview of considerations and practical steps to take, including cash management, law changes impacting practice budgets, and addressing employee management and client concerns
  • Speaker: Dr. Marsha Heinke
  • Cost: Free
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Managing Your Veterinary Practice through the Coronavirus Crisis

  • Hosted by: AVMA LIFE & AVMA PLIT
  • Description: The novel coronavirus crisis is impacting veterinary practices in significant ways. As reports of the disease spread, so do concerns about supply chain disruption, business operations and employee safety and well-being. Join the AVMA Trust and insurance and HR professionals from the program's broker, HUB International, for an executive overview of the critical issues you need to consider as you navigate your business through the pandemic. This webinar is intended for veterinary practice owners, managers and HR leaders who need to make strategic decisions while mitigating risk and supporting employee health and safety.
  • Cost: Free
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COVID-19: CARES Act small business loan programs

  • Hosted by: AVMA
  • Description: The COVID-19 stimulus package introduced a new forgivable loan program for small businesses, the Paycheck Protection Program. Learn how it compares to the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Economic Injury Disaster Loans (EIDL), and better understand which option is right for your business.
  • Cost: Free
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What does the CARES Act mean for your business?

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COVID-19: What veterinarians need to know

  • Hosted by: AVMA
  • Description: Participants can expect to learn about best practices for protecting veterinary teams, our colleagues, and our clients while delivering needed patient care; practical resources to aid in developing social distancing and case management protocols; and details of legislation already approved in Washington, D.C., and what we can expect in future relief measures.
  • Speakers: AVMA Chief Veterinary Officer Dr. Gail Golab and Chief Government Relations Officer Dr. Kent McClure
  • Cost: Free
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COVID: What every veterinary and pet professional needs to know

  • Hosted by: Vet Candy
  • Description: In this Facebook Live event, the speaker will be discussing facts on coronavirus and will help separate disease fact from fake news. Q/A follow the end of the event.
  • When: 7:30 p.m. EST
  • Speaker: Jenifer Chatfield, DVM, DACZM, DACVPM (Instructor, FEMA and Homeland Security)
  • Cost: Free
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Coronavirus - Employment Law Updates Managers Need to Know

  • Hosted by: Veterinary Hospital Managers Association
  • Description: The coronavirus (COVID-19) global outbreak has left U.S. employers with many questions about how to ensure employee safety and how to participate in social distancing efforts while remaining in compliance with applicable employment laws. This webinar will address the following: • Updates on new federal legislation (paid leave/unemployment benefits) • Compliance with applicable laws (ADA/FMLA/FLSA/OSHA) • How to reduce risk of workplace exposures
  • Speaker: Timothy A Davis, J.D.
  • Cost: Free
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Thursday, March 19

Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Veterinary and Animal Group Settings: Protecting People and Animals

  • Hosted by: Virox Animal Health
  • Description: Coronavirus (COVID-19) is currently sweeping the globe with many people currently sick with the disease. The virus is quickly spreading within areas and moving to new locations. The World Health Organization has recently classified the situation as a pandemic. To-date, COVID-19 appears to be transmitted predominately person-to-person; however, there are many questions about what those working in companion animal care and similar settings (e.g., veterinary practices, doggie day care, shelters, boarding facilities) should do to prevent illness in staff and address related animal/patient concerns. This talk will provide a brief summary of the current COVID-19 status in people and animals, along with specific suggestions for protecting the health of people and animals in veterinary and animal care group settings.
  • When: 2–3 p.m. EST
  • Speakers: Jason W. Stull, VMD, MPVM, Ph.D., DACVPM (The Ohio State University) and J. Scott Weese, DVM, DVSc, DACVIM (University of Guelph)
  • Cost: Free
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For additional resources, visit OVMA's Health & Wellness resources page.

Out of an abudance of caution, public health officials advise people who have contracted COVID-19 to limit their contact with animals until more is known about the virus. However, there is currently no evidence that pets can spread COVID-19 to other animals, including humans.

If you are concerned that your pet has COVID-19, please do not immediately take it to your veterinarian's office; call for instructions first to prevent inadvertently spreading disease to uninfected pets.


Ohio Department of Health COVID-19 Helpline
Phone: 1-833-4-ASK-ODH (Daily, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.)

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services COVID CareLine for Ohioans
Trained staff are available to provide emotional assistance to anyone struggling with mental health concerns due to the ongoing stress of the pandemic.
Phone: 800-720-9616 (available 24/7)

Last updated 05.01.2020 at 11:20 a.m.