Manitoba Public Health is the authority and regulator regarding positive COVID-19 cases, close contacts, and contact tracing within clinics. The MVMA will not close clinics in the case of possible COVID-19 contacts, that is under the authority of Manitoba Public Health.
Veterinary staff are not considered frontline workers, therefore tests for these individuals are not expedited. It is important to stay home if you are sick or suspect that you have been in contact with a possible COVID-19 positive individual, even if you are only feeling a little unwell. Please stay home in accordance with Manitoba Public Health recommendations.
The MVMA strongly recommends the use of protective eyewear (this does not include eyeglasses). Medical masks or masks with a minimum of three layers are recommended when in clinic.
The MVMA is not currently recommending restrictions on the provision of veterinary services (ie. essential vs non-essential services). Do what makes sense for your practice. If you are busy, limit non-essential procedures or use telemedicine. When considering telemedicine the veterinarian must have a valid VCPR in order to provide veterinary services in Manitoba (Section 4-6-2 of the MVMA General By-Law No. 1). For more information about VCPR and telemedicine see the drop-down menu below.
Please be thoughtful when referring non-urgent (non-critical) cases to an emergency clinic. If you do suggest a client with a non-urgent case go to an emergency clinic, please advise them that they may have to wait/expect delays (this could be for several hours) while more critical cases are being treated.
Tips for reducing contact within clinics
– Clinics should implement a locked door policy with a curbside pick up. Please review on a case-by-case basis (compassionate situations, etc).
– Retail purchases should be made via telephone or online store with curbside pick up.
– Stagger lunch/snack breaks so that only one person is on break (ie. removing their mask and eating) or have individual staff eat (and then sanitize) in separate rooms.
– Members who work at multiple clinics should limit their movement between clinics.
– Do your best to limit house calls as much as possible. When doing house calls be sure to follow the fundamentals.
For more tips about recommended PPE
OVMA COVID-19: A Guide to Reopening Veterinary Medicine
Helpful Worms & Germs blog links
Veterinary Clinic Access and COVID-19 Risks
SARS-CoV-2, Masks and Fomites