During this unprecedented public health crisis, we are working hard to fulfill the IVMA's mission of protecting animal and human health. We will continue to put updated information and resources on this page. Updated May 4th.
Business Rescources for Veterinary Clinics
IVMA Recommendations Concerning Veterinary Care Essential Services
During the COVID-19 crisis, veterinary groups including the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association (IVMA) , American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) and other key stakeholders are advocating for state governments to designate veterinary practices as “essential business”. Our lobby team has been in contact with IDALS, IBVM, and the Governor’s office regarding this issue. Click here to read the full recommendations from the IVMA.
State & National COVID-19 Resources
Covid-19 Tips for Veterinary Hospitals
How veterinary professionals can help
COVID-19 and Wellbeing
In the time of COVID-19, day-to-day life might look a lot different from the usual. From cancelled events to mandatory lockdowns to resource insecurity, there’s a lot that can affect our mental health and wellbeing.
- Tips to consider to help protect and maintain your wellbeing during the COVID-19 pandemic. (AVMA)
- Social Distancing Tips from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
- Click here for additional resources regarding personal well-beingon the IVMA website.
- Iowa Concern Hotline is a service, through Iowa State University Extension, can offer financial, legal, stress and disaster related advice and counseling.
Additional resources for veterinary professionals
Resources for Pet Owners
AVMA FAQs for Pet Owners
The CDC has posted recommendations for pet owners
, as well as new QAs
, on the CDC COVID-19 website.
- Until we learn more about how this virus affects animals, treat pets as you would other human family members to protect them from a potential infection.
- Do not let pets interact with people or other animals outside the household.
- Keep cats indoors when possible to prevent them from interacting with other animals or people.
- Walk dogs on a leash, maintaining at least 6 feet (2 meters) from other people and animals.
- Avoid dog parks or public places where a large number of people and dogs gather.
- Talk to your veterinarian if your pet gets sick or if you have any concerns about your pet’s health.
- If you are sick with COVID-19 (either suspected or confirmed by a test), you should restrict contact with your pets and other animals, just like you would around other people.
- When possible, have another member of your household care for your pets while you are sick.
- Avoid contact with your pet including, petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked, and sharing food or bedding.
- If you must care for your pet or be around animals while you are sick, wear a cloth face covering and wash your hands before and after you interact with them.
- If you are sick with COVID-19 and your pet becomes sick, do not take your pet to the veterinary clinic yourself.
- Call your veterinarian and let them know you have been sick with COVID-19.
- Some veterinarians may offer telemedicine consultations or other alternate plans for seeing sick pets.
- Your veterinarian can evaluate your pet and determine the next steps for your pet’s treatment and care.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the following events have been cancelled:
- IVMA May 7 Practice Mangement Seminar - Making good teams great
- The Iowa Legislative session is suspended for the next 30 days
- Eastern Iowa VMA Spring Meeting on May 5 has been cancelled.
- ISU-CVM events currently suspended or cancelled can be found here.