BVA President Daniella Dos Santos says that in these challenging and unpredictable times BVA is working hard to make sure members feel informed and supported.
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As the coronavirus crisis escalates, we’re issuing regular updates through our website and social media channels giving guidance to both vets and animal owners. We’ve held webinars with members to explore their questions and concerns, and we’ve set up regular coordination meetings with our specialist divisions and the RCVS to ensure the profession is as joined up as possible.
We’ve issued extensive guidance to both vets and owners on areas such as what constitutes emergency care and how to safely care for pets while at home. And we’re in regular contact with government officials and animal welfare charities to help keep pace with developments and champion the role that veterinary professionals have to play in the difficult months ahead.
BVA has also written to the government and devolved administrations to urge them to recognise veterinary surgeons and veterinary businesses as ‘business critical’ and eligible for financial support measures in the months ahead. Please do write to your local MP if this is a concern to you, to help raise awareness of this important campaign.
Working with the RCVS, we’ve sought clarity and issued advice on how to interpret the government’s guidance about who qualifies as ‘key workers’ in relation to the closure of schools. And we’ve joined forces with other veterinary organisations to call for practices that can spare ventilators and other medical equipment to offer help to the Department of Health and Social Care in these trying times.
BVA staff and officers are now working remotely where possible, in the interests of everyone’s health and welfare, so our Mansfield Street base is temporarily closed. However, thanks to video conferencing we are all in regular contact and aim to keep the services we provide to members running smoothly. We’re also sending members regular emails with updates about our activity and forthcoming webinars (usually held on Sundays, with recordings made available soon after).
The veterinary profession is at its strongest when it pulls together
We are here for you all in this difficult time. The veterinary profession is at its strongest when it pulls together to help our colleagues, clients and the communities we serve, and it’s vital that we support one another and keep working hard to protect animal health and welfare, as well as doing our bit to slow the spread of this pandemic.
Stay up to date
Visit www.bva.co.uk/coronavirus, Twitter (@BritishVets) and Facebook (@britishvets) for the latest updates on Covid-19 and how the veterinary community is responding.
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