The Federal Minister for Agriculture, Hon. David Littleproud MP, has released the following statement relating to veterinary surgeons as essential service providers during the COVID-19 crisis.
"The Federal Government considers the role of veterinarians essential to the agricultural sector and therefore to our nation's food security but also in protecting companion animals and our nation's wildlife.
The Federal Government has not put any restrictions on veterinarians other than the practice of social distancing and hygiene practices during the COVID-19 crisis.
While confusion has arisen due to the closing of some state borders, those state governments have assured us that veterinarians are able to continue to operate across borders.
The Federal Government will continue to work to maintain the essential role that veterinarians have in Australia during this crisis and will be happy to continue to engage with you at any stage should you require any clarification.
We ask that you advise your members of this information."