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)

General Infection Control Resources:

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

COVID-19 Resources: Animal Health (Canada)

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

Ontario Veterinary Medical Association (COVID-19 FAQ)

Veterinary medicine during a time of restriction of elective services and social distancing (24-Mar-2020)

Worms & Germs Blog (COVID-19 posts)

Canadian Veterinary Medical Association (COVID-19 FAQ)

*NEW* Mental Health Webinar: Staying Psychologically Safe in the Face of COVID-19 (Apr 1 and Apr 3)

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

Public Health Agency of Canada (FAQ on animals)

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

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

American Veterinary Medical Association (what veterinarians need to know)

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

US Centers for Disease Control (guidance for isolation of people with pets)

University of Florida (preparedness for animal shelters)

World Small Animal Veterinary Association (advice for WSAVA members)

OIE (COVID-19 FAQ related to animals)

COVID-19 Resources: Human Health COVID-19 homepage

World Health Organization COVID-19 homepage