COVID-19 – Information for the animal health sector
COVID-19 Animal Health Industry Best Practice Guideline
The NOAH Industry Guideline has been developed to demonstrate that NOAH member companies and their staff are following all best practice guidance to keep their teams and customers safe, as they plan and restructure working activities around ongoing and changing Government restrictions. This guideline takes account of best practice advice and complements individual company policies, which include specific company needs. The guideline is designed to provide reassurance to the wider animal health community that NOAH member companies are working with due diligence and following necessary precautions.
Revised version published April 2021
Veterinary medicines supply and COVID-19
Veterinary medicines manufacturers always, as a matter of routine, have detailed business continuity plans and are working hard with suppliers to help ensure veterinary medicines remain available to protect the health and welfare of the UK’s animals.
Practices should maintain appropriate inventory levels and follow safety measures in accordance with applicable Government COVID-19 guidance. If this is undertaken, there should be no need for additional stocks.
NOAH works closely with the Veterinary Medicines Directorate (VMD), which has well established mechanisms for dealing with supply issues that arise from time-to-time including robust intelligence-led warning systems to detect potential problems at the earliest point possible. In order to address supply issue concerns, the VMD has enhanced its emergency response plan to support the continued supply of veterinary medicines – whatever the cause.
We would also advise animal owners to heed the advice of the veterinary profession: to discuss the timing of any vaccinations with their vet and urge those whose animals are undergoing long term treatment to seek repeat prescriptions in good time from their veterinary practice.
New advice from NOAH and CFSG on keeping our pets healthy and happy during the pandemic
NOAH has worked with the Canine and Feline Sector Group (CFSG) to develop three infographics to help owners ensure their pets stay in the very best of health during these challenging times, where our usual way of life has been affected.
See more here (22/10/2020)
COVID-19 and Companion Animal Health & Welfare: Impact and Considerations for the UK
NOAH’s report, ‘COVID-19 and Companion Animal Health & Welfare: Impact and Considerations for the UK’ looks at the impact of COVID-19 on the availability of veterinary services and the impact this could have on companion animal health and welfare, and suggests actions required to mitigate.
Open Letter on the Value of Animal Agriculture
How livestock is supporting global nutrition, high standards of food safety and public health during the Covid-19 pandemic
View the full letter with signatories, including NOAH (5 June 2020)
COVID-19 – How we are acting
HealthforAnimals(the global animal health association of which NOAH is a member) has produced a short publication outlining the external contribution of our sector to COVID-19 efforts at a global level: Healthfor Animals: COVID-19_How_We_Are_Acting
- Changes to COVID-19 testing in England from 1 April 2022
- Government sets out next steps for living with COVID (29 March 2022)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK advice
- Scottish Government
- Scottish Government: Coronavirus (COVID-19): returning to work safely
- Welsh Government
- Welsh Government: Taking all reasonable measures to minimise the risk of exposure to coronavirus in workplaces and premises open to the public
- Northern Ireland COVID-19
- RCVS guidance for veterinary professionals
- RCVS Knowledge information hub for veterinary surgeons
- RCVS Knowledge – Covid-19 mythbusting
- BVA Coronavirus hub
- BSAVA: Covid-19 hub
- VMD on-site inspections to restart 24 August 2020
- Open Letter on the Value of Animal Agriculture (5 June)
- APHA Briefing Note: Advice for Veterinarians and their Clients on Pets and COVID-19 (updated 27 July 2020)
- Animal Welfare Committee opinion on the animal welfare issues related to COVID-19 (4 June 2020)
- HealthforAnimals – Covid-19 How we are acting
- BVA statement on cats and COVID-19 (published 8 April)
- OIE advice – including advice for pet owners (updated 9 June)
- VMD statement on availability of veterinary medicines (published 17 April)
- Coronavirus Act (Royal Assent 25 March)
- EMA: new system – electronic certification for medicines (published 30 March)
- European Commission: Green lanes for border management – veterinary medicines included (published 23 March)