Governor Kate Brown recently gave the green light to veterinarians across Oregon to resume some elective procedures and services. This means that animal hospitals and clinics can now perform routine dental cleanings, core vaccinations, and minor surgeries like spays, neuters, and mass removals.
COVID-19 safety protocols still apply. Veterinarians and technicians are being asked to operate on a curbside model for the foreseeable future, and certain services are to be prioritized over others. For instance, the Oregon Veterinary Medical Association recommends that non-urgent wellness checks be handled via telemedicine if possible and that boarding and grooming resume slowly with strict attention to social distancing guidelines.
For more information, you can read the complete statement on “Guidance on Resumption of Non-Emergent and Elective Procedures in Veterinary Facilities” from Governor Brown and the Oregon Health Authority or check out the OVMA’s recommendations for compliance here.