COVID-19 Related Resources for Veterinarians
COVID-19 is a 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:
General Infection Control Resources:
COVID-19 Resources: Animal Health (Canada)
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 (24-Dec-2021)
- 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)
COVID-19 Resources: Animal Health (US/International)