The Guideline includes general principles to assist veterinary surgeons to exercise their professional judgement about how to operate during the lockdown period and which services to offer to their clients.
When making decisions about which services to offer during the lockdown, veterinary surgeons should apply their professional judgement to each individual circumstance or situation.
What is essential for the continued operation of a veterinary clinic and related services and what can be postponed during the shutdown will depend on whether genuine animal welfare issues need to be addressed and whether artificial insemination of animals needs to be performed. Key questions to consider when making these decisions are included in the Guideline and include but are not limited to:
Is immediate action necessary to prevent or alleviate unreasonable pain or distress of an animal?
Can I delay treatment without unduly compromising animal welfare?
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