As many of you will be aware, we have had to put all vaccinations and non urgent treatments on hold for the initial 3 week lockdown period during the COVID19 pandemic. As it now appears that the lockdown will continue in some form or other for some time yet, the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons and British Veterinary Association have updated their guidance to practising Vets .
The changes are in recognition of the fact that if we continue not to vaccinate pets then preventable diseases may start to occur, and of the need to take action now to prevent welfare issues that may otherwise occur over the next 2 months .
We are planning to prioritise and vaccinate those patients at the greatest risk of infectious disease, and those that are most vulnerable, these are;
* Unvaccinated puppies and kittens ( including those that have only had the first part of their primary vaccination courses)
* Young dogs and cats requiring their first year booster.
* All rabbits
For those clients that have already contacted us to advise us their pets are in these vulnerable groups, we will be contacting you to make an appointment from Monday 20th April. You can also email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange an appointment. Please do not telephone, we need to keep our phone lines for emergency appointments and consultations.
If you are worried about your pet for any other reason we are of course still here for you and you can call the practice as usual.
We continue to maintain strict social distancing and ask you to remain in the car park when you arrive for an appointment, and then a member of the team will call you on your mobile phone, then come to collect your pet.
We will soon update our website and social media with details of when we will be restarting some booster vaccinations- with current guidelines stating that these should only be considered for pets 3 months overdue.
Thank you for your co-operation and support