COVID-19 Related Resources for Veterinarians

COVID-19 is a new disease caused by a novel coronavirus not previously identified in humans, that has been named SARS-CoV-2. It was first recognized in December-2019 in Wuhan, China, as the cause of an outbreak of pneumonia in people. It is suspected that the COVID-19 virus may have first been transmitted to people at a seafood market where other live animals and animal products were present, but the animal species of origin is still unclear. Since then, transmission of the virus has been primarily person-to-person, particularly through close contact. Even though many household pets have undoubtedly been exposed to the virus by their owners, there have been no reports of illness in animals associated with exposure to COVID-19. Currently there is no evidence that any domestic animals (pets, livestock or poultry) pose a risk of transmission to people.

Below is a list of resources for veterinary staff and animal owners related to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the situation in Ontario and around the world continues to evolve and more is learned about the virus, these resources will be updated, and OAHN will continue to add useful resources to this list as they become available.

For veterinarians in Ontario, some helpful links to refer to when discussing COVID-19 with your clients and staff:

Species specific resources (OAHN and other)

Veterinary mental health resources

General Infection Control Resources:

OAHN COVID-19 Mini-Podcasts for Veterinarians

Infection prevention and control best practices for small animal veterinary clinics (general)

National biosecurity standards and biosecurity principles (livestock, poultry, bees)

National farm-level biosecurity planning guide

List of hard-surface disinfectants for use against SARS-CoV-2 (Health Canada)

COVID-19 Resources: Animal Health (Canada)

Council of Chief Veterinary Officers position statement: Testing of animals for SARS-CoV-2

COVID-19 and animals: FAQ for veterinarians (12-Jun-2020)(Canadian public and animal health working group)

Canadian Animal Health Institute (COVID-19 webinar 09-Apr-2020, handouts & recording)

College of Veterinarians of Ontario (information updates for Ontario veterinarians)

Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (COVID-19 FAQ) – Member login required

– Guide to mitigating the risk of infection in veterinary practices during the COVID-19 pandemic (04-Jan-2021)

Worms & Germs Blog (COVID-19 posts)

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (COVID-19 FAQ)

– Keeping psychologically safe during COVID-19 (recorded webinar)

Veterinary townhall series – Navigating through COVID-19 (weekly webinar)

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (latest information on food safety and animal health)

Domestic poultry and swine do not transmit COVID-19

Interim guidance for laboratories testing animals for SARS-CoV-2 (requires OAHN login)

Canadian rapid qualitative risk assessment: SARS-CoV-2 in livestock (30-Sep-2020)

Public Health Agency of Canada (Animals and COVID-19)

Ontario public health resources, updates, and signage to post in clinics

Public Health Ontario (how to care for exposed pets and other animals)

COVID-19 Resources: Animal Health (US/International)

International Society for Companion Animal Infectious Diseases (current state of knowledge for veterinary health care providers)

American Veterinary Medical Association (what veterinarians need to know)

Considerations for mobile and house call veterinarians during the COVID-19 pandemic

Interim recommendations for intake of companion animals from households where humans with COVID-19 are present

US Centers for Disease Control (COVID-19: Pets and other animals)

Guidance for handlers of service and therapy animals

FAQs about COVID-19 and animals (includes information for equestrian facilities)

University of Florida Maddie’s Shelter Medicine Program (preparedness for animal shelters)

University of Wisconsin-Madison Shelter Medicine Program (animal services’ role in COVID-19 support)

UK Animal and Plant Health Agency (advice for people with animals – dogs, cats, horses, livestock)

British Small Animal Veterinary Association (veterinary advice for practising vets)

 – Triage tool for cats and dogs (assessing the need for physical examination)

Dog and cat triage guidance for use during COVID-19 pandemic in the United Kingdom

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (advice and resources)

Webinar: COVID-19 and companion animals – What we know today (17-Apr-2020)

World Organization For Animal Health (OIE)(COVID-19 FAQ related to animals)

Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)(Qualitative exposure assessment for SARS-CoV-2 from animals)

COVID-19 Resources: Human Health COVID-19 homepage

World Health Organization COVID-19 homepage