Newfoundland and Labrador College of Veterinarians


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COVID-19 update March 24, 2020

The Newfoundland and Labrador College of Veterinarians is mandated by the Newfoundland and Labrador Veterinary Medical Act to manage licensing and disciple of veterinarians in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Veterinary practices can be privately, corporate or provincially owned. Although not all practices fall into these categories, provincial practices include large animal and aquaculture practices while small animal practices are typically corporate or privately owned. All veterinary practices must adhere to the Newfoundland and Labrador Veterinary Medical Act and are subject to by-laws set by the College.

Under the Public Health Protection and Promotion Act, the Chief Medical Officer of Health has issued a public health emergency due to COVID-19. The Chief Medical Officer can also issue special measures and exemptions, which are available on the government of Newfoundland and Labrador website (www.gov.nl.ca/covid-19). All veterinarians and veterinary practices in the province are required to follow the instructions of this public health emergency. During this time veterinary clinics must take measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 by following guidelines and recommendations from Public Health and Canadian Veterinary Medical Association.

The College cannot force veterinarians to stay open or offer elective procedures during this time nor can they force private businesses to operate in a manner that is outside of the Act, regulations or by-laws. Veterinary clinics must however offer provision for emergency services which may include shared on-call with another clinic, referral to another clinic willing to accept the emergencies or another method acceptable to the College.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Veterinary Medical Association, with support from the College of Veterinarians is seeking a designation of essential services for veterinary services.  At this time veterinary clinics have not been ordered to close or restrict services but as the situation evolves special orders may apply to veterinary clinics. We encourage you to check the government website to keep up to date as the situation evolves.

The Canadian Veterinary Medical Association website also provides more information on COVID-19 and veterinary medicine (https://www.canadianveterinarians.net/).

Stay safe everyone.

Newfoundland and Labrador College of Veterinarians



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