COVID-19 – Information for the animal health sector
COVID-19 Animal Health Industry Best Practice Guideline
The NOAH ‘COVID-19 Animal Health 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 businesses move out of lockdown into recovery. 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.
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.
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
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK advice
- VMD: Coronavirus (COVID-19) news and guidance (updated 26 June)
- RCVS guidance for veterinary professionals (updated 2 June)
- BVA: Updated guidance for UK veterinary practices on working safely during Covid-19 (published 28 May 2020)
- BSAVA: Advice for practising vets (updated 1 June)
- Open Letter on the Value of Animal Agriculture (5 June)
- Government workplace guidance (published 12 May)
- Working safely during coronavirus (COVID-19) (updated 29 May)
- Coronavirus (COVID-19): Government advice for people with animals (updated 18 May)
- Animal Welfare Committee opinion on the animal welfare issues related to COVID-19 (4 June 2020)
- APHA Briefing Note: Advice for Veterinarians and their Clients on Pets and COVID-19 (updated 21 May)
- RCVS Knowledge information hub for veterinary surgeons (updated 29 May)
- Critical workers who can access schools or educational settings (updated 1 June)
- Coronavirus Act (Royal Assent 25 March)
- Rural Payments Agency: information for farmers, landowners and rural businesses (updated 2 June)
- Red Tractor COVID-19 hub (updated 4 June)
- SQP retailer premises: temporary change of premises (updated 28 May)
- SQPs temporarily allowed to prescribe and authorise supply of veterinary medicines remotely (updated 28 May)
- Veterinary practice premises: temporary change of premises (updated 28 May)
- Veterinary surgeons: temporary changes to the retail supply of veterinary medicines (updated 28 May)
- 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 26 May)
- VMD statement on availability of veterinary medicines (published 17 April)
- EMA: new system – electronic certification for medicines (published 30 March)
- European Commission: Green lanes for border management – veterinary medicines included (published 23 March)