This is a message to all BVNA members and veterinary nurses from Jo Hinde, President of BVNA.
"We are in unprecedented, worrying times for both human and animal welfare. Firstly I would like to say a huge thank you to all members of the veterinary community for your continued hard work and dedication since this outbreak began. Despite everything, our profession has come together to provide vital care for those that need it. The BVNA will continue to support both its members and the wider veterinary community throughout these troubled times.
The BVNA has been working hard behind the scenes to gather information and stay up to date with this fast paced situation. We are in regular contact with other leading veterinary organizations to ensure that nurses needs are recognized and considered along with every member of the veterinary team.
As an organization, we are following the current government advice and have implemented ‘social distancing’. We are still fully functioning, however our office staff are working from home and we are not holding any face to face meetings or events for the next few months. Our council is also able to function as normal via the use of remote communication channels.
We strongly urge you all to follow the current government guidelines and keep up to date with the advice from our profession via the BVA website which is acting as the main hub for Covid19 information that is relevant to our sector.
The BVA will be holding a Covid19 update webinar at 12:00 on Sunday 22nd March 2020 and we urge you all to watch this. Details of how to join this will be released by BVA shortly.
Finally I would like to ask you all to keep talking! As more self isolation and social distancing measures are put in place then the world can feel a very lonely and scary place. Make use of online chat forums, emails and phone calls to stay in touch with your veterinary family. BVNA members can access the BMAS helpline and anyone can contact organizations such as Vetlife.
This is by no means ‘business as usual’ but by working together, the veterinary profession will do its upmost to continue to provide safe working environments for their staff and vital veterinary services for their clients."
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