Maintain social distancing rules when vets visit your farm

Ian Cure, Farm Director at VetPartners, urges farmers to follow government guidance on social distancing and self-isolation when vets are practicing on farm.
calendar icon 7 April 2020
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“Those working in the supply of veterinary medicines are included in the key workers list released by the government, so we do not expect any major issues maintaining medicine supplies,” he adds.

Vets will assess each situation, and when a visit to the farm is deemed necessary, it is important that social distancing guidance is followed, for the safety of both the farmer and vet.

“Government guidance applies as much in rural areas as it does in cities, and following advice is going to be imperative to ensure we can continue farm calling where necessary,” says Ian.

“When a vet is on farm, make sure animals are restrained to allow a 2.5m distance between each person for the entire visit. It’s best if visits take place in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors, with only one person from the farm present.

“If someone is self-isolating on the farm, it is essential to let the practice know ahead of the visit so extra precautions can be put in place. For example, two members of the practice could attend, with one handling the animal, so the farmer can maintain self-isolation.”

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“Those working in the supply of veterinary medicines are included in the key workers list released by the government, so we do not expect any major issues maintaining medicine supplies,” he adds.

Vets will assess each situation, and when a visit to the farm is deemed necessary, it is important that social distancing guidance is followed, for the safety of both the farmer and vet.

“Government guidance applies as much in rural areas as it does in cities, and following advice is going to be imperative to ensure we can continue farm calling where necessary,” says Ian.

“When a vet is on farm, make sure animals are restrained to allow a 2.5m distance between each person for the entire visit. It’s best if visits take place in a well-ventilated area, preferably outdoors, with only one person from the farm present.

“If someone is self-isolating on the farm, it is essential to let the practice know ahead of the visit so extra precautions can be put in place. For example, two members of the practice could attend, with one handling the animal, so the farmer can maintain self-isolation.”

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