NS Veterinarians Deemed Essential Service – What Does That Mean?
What exactly Veterinarians are and are not permitted to do under the current State of Emergency in Nova Scotia?
To add some clarity:
1. The Health Protection Act was amended on March 26, 2020 to include the following Order issued by Dr. Robert Strang:
“22. Effective March 26, 2020, all veterinarians, including veterinary surgeons and veterinary physicians, may provide:
a. In patient Emergency or Urgent Care Services
b. essential veterinary supply chain services, such as prescription refills and prescription diets;
c. virtual care services if authorized to provide this care within the scope of practice and as established by their governing association.”
2. The NSVMA has messaged all members providing direction as to what services fall within the scope of Emergency or Urgent Care Services. I am confident that the vast majority of our membership is now compliant with the Order but I will reiterate the fact that ALL ELECTIVE PROCEDURES AND SERVICES ARE NOT PERMITTED AT THIS TIME.
3. The Nova Scotia Government has been very clear that Veterinary Services MUST be limited to only that which the Order permits. It is the responsibility of every Veterinarian to comply with this Order.
4. Failure to Comply with the Order jeopardizes our ability as a Profession to operate under the Government mandated restricted scope of Practice.
5. Instances of suspected non compliance will be investigated by the NSVMA and, if discovered, disciplinary action will be taken.