Pet owners on the Isle of Wight are being reassured that their much-loved animals will still be looked after during the coronavirus pandemic.
Veterinary clinics from across the Island have issued a joint statement in response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, highlighting that they recognise the importance of pets and other animals – especially when we are all distancing our social contact with one another.
Caballus Equine, Elite Equine, Ghesvet General Practice, Green Roberts & Butler, Island Vetcare, Median Veterinary Group, The Mobile Vet, Pet Doctors and Vectis Equine Vets have issued this statement:
“In these difficult times all the island veterinary clinics have been talking to one another to ensure that the health of the island animals is maintained. We also all have a responsibility to preserve human life and so we seek to protect our clients and our own families from COVID-19.
“We feel it is important to continue to minimise the contact we have with other people. We feel it is irresponsible to be doing anything that will not have significant animal welfare benefit within the next couple of months. This is also the view of the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS) and the British Veterinary Association (BVA).
“You can rest assured that we are all continuing to work hard to provide a 24Hour/7days a week care to diagnose and treat ill or injured animals. We are all operating social distancing policies to minimise the risk of spread of COVID -19. Please contact your normal surgery by telephone if you have any concerns about your animals.
“We will balance up the need to limit the spread and impact of COVID-19 with any immediate and anticipated animal health and welfare needs and will create an appropriate individual plan in each circumstance. During these difficult times our teams continue to risk their own safety on a daily basis to provide the best care for your pets, we appreciate your cooperation and patience.
“Each practice would like to thank our teams for working hard, and flexibly, during these unprecedented times, to help ensure animal health and welfare is also maintained.
“We will all continue to review the situation in light of updates from, the UK government, RCVS and BVA”.