On Monday 23rd of March the Government announced that the country needed to enter the next stage of the plan to ‘flatten the curve’. This included a 3-week lock-down. There was initial confusion about who could remain open and what level of service could be provided. This has now been clarified and veterinary practices have been added to the list of businesses exempt from the closure order.
See the latest BVA and RCVS update for more information.
BVNA are having weekly update meetings with the BVA, RCVS and other organisations to ensure that we can give you the most up to date information in these constantly changing and pressured times.
For those nurses currently in practice, here is some useful information:
For the next 3 weeks we are in a ‘lockdown’. We MUST only provide urgent and emergency care; this is treatment that cannot wait 3 weeks. We MUST also be practicing social distancing. It is crucial that we lead by example. To achieve this consider implementing these top tips:
BVNA President, Jo Hinde said “I implore all veterinary staff to follow current advice and make changes so you can do your bit to limit the spread of Covid-19. These government-imposed restrictions are non-negotiable for the next three weeks. Let’s all work together to help save lives and be a part of the solution and not the problem.”
If our members need any further support the BVNA is here to help. We have our members advisory service and for nurses facing financial hardship we have the Daphne Shipman Benevolent fund.
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