Coronavirus 19 (COVID-19)
Update - April 2, 2020
In the midst of COVID-19, Vermont veterinarians are doing their best to balance the desires to care for their patients, protect the wellbeing of their employees and co-workers, protect the wellbeing of clients, manage successful business operations, and all the while doing our part to be stewards of overall public health. The VVMA wants to make sure you have access to current, relevant resources and the ability to connect with other veterinarians from the VVMA to share ideas and best practices to navigate this challenge before us. We commit to evolving our actions as needed to better meet your needs as things develop and change. Veterinarians are well-positioned to bring good, accurate information to those we interact with and have a true, public health role to play during this time. If you have any information you think should be added to this resource page, please contact VVMA Executive Director Kathy Finnie at email@example.com. Please bookmark this page.
Veterinarian designation as essential workers
On March 24, 2020, Governor Phil Scott issued a mandatory stay at home order. Veterinarians are now on the list of essential personnel. If you feel you need AVMA's draft travel document, please let me know: firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on finding childcare: https://www.childcareresource.org/.
American Veterinary Medical Association:
Summary of VT H.742 - Omnibus Health Care and Human Services Bill - VT Legislature's response to COVID-19 emergency including provisions for UI and health care rules.
Vermont Agency of Agriculture
Vermont Health Department
HSVMA: Resources to help your clinic and your community
DEA: COVID-19 information page on the Diversion Control Division's website. This page contains important guidance concerning COVID-19 and the national drug supply, electronic prescribing of controlled substances, telemedicine, medicated assisted treatment, and other important federal and state information.
DEA Exception to Regulation Order, March 25, 2020
DEA Guidance - Oral Schedule II Drug Prescribing Guidance - March 30, 2020
- EMPLOYERS, PLEASE NOTE: Each covered employer must post a notice of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (FFCRA) requirements in a conspicuous place on its premises. DOL POSTER and FAQ document
- IRS tax deferment
3/19/20 The IRS has issued guidance allowing all individual and other non-corporate tax filers to defer up to $1 million of federal income tax (including self-employment tax) payments due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. The guidance also allows corporate taxpayers a similar deferment of up to $10 million of federal income tax payments that would be due on April 15, 2020, until July 15, 2020, without penalties or interest. This guidance does not change the April 15 filing deadline.
Here is the link to the press release: home.treasury.gov/news/press-releases/sm948
Here is the link to the IRS Notice: www.irs.gov/pub/irs-drop/n-20-17.pdf
FAQ document from the Dept. of Labor
DOL Fact Sheet for Employers
DOL Fact Sheet for Employees
Supply chain issues/PPE
Veterinary Licensing/CE requirements
Veterinary license renewal is May 31, 2021. The Vermont Secretary of State’s Office of Professional Regulation has issued a temporary policy for continuing education and impacts of COVID-19. They are now allowing for online CE that provides a completion certificate – as opposed to an examination requirement in the regular rules. A copy of OPRs new policy is available here.
Vermont Dog License and Rabies Vaccinations
The VVMA encourages all members to contact their local municipal office to request an extension of the April 1 dog license deadline. The April 1 deadline is included in statute and municipalities have the ability to extend the deadline. We hope this will lessen the impact of clients accessing your clinic and enable you to prioritize vaccinations.
COVID-19 and pets
Infectious disease experts and multiple international and domestic human and animal health organizations agree there is no evidence at this point to indicate that pets become ill with COVID-19 or that they spread it to other animals, including people. It is recommended that people wash their hands thoroughly before and after interacting with your pet.
Veterinary Wellness: How to Manage Anxiety and Isolation During Quarantine (Anxiety and Depression Association of America)
Tips for staying safe during a pandemic
- Wash your hands frequently for at least 20 seconds
- Don’t touch your face
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Wear a droplet (medical) mask if you must be in close contact with someone infected with the virus.
- Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when coughing or sneezing. Discard the tissue right away and wash your hands in warm soapy water for at least 20 seconds.
- Make sure you have a supply (90+ days) of necessary medication, both prescription and over the counter.
- Store a 2+ week supply of food and water
- Discuss setting up a quarantine room with family members and reassure them that they will be cared for if they become sick.