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Veterinary contribution to Covid-19 pandemic
  1. James Russell, president
  1. BVA, 7 Mansfield Street, London W1G 9NQ
  1. email: bvahq{at}

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I’d like to respond to John Mackinnon (VR, 3/10 October 2020, vol 187, pp 277–278) who suggests that veterinary expertise has been overlooked in the fight against Covid-19 and that this is a result of the profession (and by extension the BVA and the RCVS) being too small animal focused.

Vets have played a critical role in the UK’s response to Covid-19 – from our role in keeping the country’s food supply going, to offering PPE and ventilators at a local level, to caring for the nation’s pets in difficult circumstances at a time when the mental health benefits of pet …

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