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BVA Coronavirus disease (Covid-19) - Updates

BVA is acting as the central point of contact for information and advice on Covid 19 this will include signposts to other links identified for example access to support for well-being issues or best practice guidance and information to clients.

This information is available to everyone not just BVA members.

The BVA are updating their webpage daily - updates for the veterinary profession; Updated guidance for UK veterinary practicesonworking safely during Covid-19

For more information, watch BVA Covid-19 webinar, delivered by President Daniella Dos Santos and hosted by The Webinar Vet. 

The BVA Legal Helpline is available to all members with any questions about the impact of Covid-19 on your business or employment rights.

Options for remote prescribing

Under normal circumstances the RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons does not allow veterinary surgeons to prescribe veterinary medicines (POM-Vs) without a physical examination of the animal(s) having first taken place. However, RCVS Council has decided that there should be a temporary departure from this position under the current exceptional circumstances. This position will continue to be reviewed on an ongoing basis and, in any event, no later than 30 June 2020.

Sheep and Goat Health Scheme

On the farm working with farm animals

  • Maintain a physical distance of 2m at all times
  • In cases where clients are self- isolating, or confirmed to have Covid-19 they should not be involved in the visit at all.  If there are no other farm staff available, this may require you to take a second member of practice staff to assist in moving livestock and ensuring your health and safety. We would discourage lone working in any farm environment.
  • Contact with the client should be by telephone only
  • Do not enter the farmhouse for any reason
  • Cleanse all surfaces in your car on leaving the farm

Shearers and Contractors

Cattle and TB testing


Vetlife is available 24/7 to support you if you are feeling worried or anxious, via their website or 0303 040 2551. Support is also available via Vet Support NI and Vet Support Scotland.

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“To promote the prevention
of disease and the welfare of
sheep by providing a forum
for discussion, distribution of
research results and provision
of advice on veterinary
matters relating to sheep”

Contact the Society

Sheep Veterinary Society,
SVS Secretariat,
Moredun Research Institute,
Pentlands Science Park,
Bush Loan, Penicuik,
Midlothian, EH26 0PZ

Tel: +44 131 445 5111
Fax: +44 131 445 6235

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