Vale Vet's COVID-19 policies Click to read more
Following the Government’s decision to extend the lockdown in the face of the coronavirus pandemic, British Veterinary Association (BVA) updated its guidance in relation to the vaccination of pets. There is a difficult balance to find between adhering to the Government’s advice to stay at home and avoid unnecessary travel and the need to protect pets from potentially life-threatening infectious diseases.
We have been considering our position very carefully in relation to the delivery of vaccinations and our guidelines are currently as follows:
If your pet is due a vaccination, we would be very grateful if you could send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will call you back to discuss your pet(s). Our phone lines are incredibly busy at the moment and with reduced staffing, we need to be able to look after the animals in our care.
If you have any questions in relation to this position statement, please email us and we will respond as soon as we can.
Thank you so much for your patience, understanding and encouragement as we work through this extremely challenging period. We have to protect our staff but we remain absolutely committed to you and your pets.
Our teams are being required to cover various areas of the hospital to ensure patient welfare is delivered. To help assist with this we are now only opening our phone lines between 9:30am to 4:30pm please only use this number if you require emergency assistance.
We ask that for non-emergency advice and queries to email our team email@example.com or check out our website for information for guidance on vaccinations and routine procedures during this time...
To order repeat medications please use our online Click and Collect ordering system...
All consultations are being carried out by telephone or video link and your vet will then guide you through the next steps should your pet need seeing for a more in depth examination or further work up. For information on how our video consultations work find out here...
We advise you take care when you are out walking your dog. It is important to remember social distancing and others safety.
We encourage you to join our Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest changes and policies and our website where you can find detailed information about the guidance in place for veterinary care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
After government advice and advice from the BVA and RCVS Vale Vets are having to make the decision to see only urgent and emergency cases. If it is essential for you to have a consultation, this will be done via a "telemedicine" consultation* **. Either over the phone or via a video link!
This is new ground for us and our small team requires some time and patience from everyone whilst they get used to this new system. PLEASE only call if your pet urgently requires an online consultation.
*Please note all telemedicine consultations are payable at the time of booking and are charged at our regular consultation fee of £41.99.
** Should your vet prescribed treatments these must be paid for prior to collection or postage
Should you be attending the practice or requiring a video consultation the following rules apply:
The process is very simple. Follow these 3 easy steps.
For Q&A's head to Q&A Convid-19
Date: 22 | 03 | 2020
Our management team have been in discussion and the following rules now apply to minimise the number of people entering reception.
These are unprecedented times and we thank you for your support. Your cooperation means our teams can provide care for your sick and injured pets for as long as possible.
To contact us call 01453 542092 - our phone lines are very busy currently.
Following on from our previous update we have reviewed the current COVID-19 situation and along with advice from governing bodies we are now progressing our policies.
Currently our opening hours remain unchanged.
The welfare of our staff is our first priority, to allow us to continue to care for your pets.
We ask clients who are showing symptoms (fever, dry cough and high temperature) to NOT come into our hospital. Where possible please ask a friend or relative who is symptom free to bring your pet instead.
When phoning to book your appointment you will be asked some “screening” questions to ensure, in the interest of public health, that you are not at risk. To aid with this process it will no longer be possible to book via our online booking system.
We understand that during this phase you may prefer to wait in your car. Please let reception know you are here and we will contact you when your vet is ready for you. Please allow additional time for your visit in case of small delays.
We ask that only one person comes to the practice with your pet. This is to limit numbers of people in the waiting room and reduce the number you come into contact with. We have made more space between seats in the waiting room to help you keep a healthy distance from one another.
We ask that clients continue to use hand sanitisers on entry to the practice and again at check in at our reception desk. We ask that where possible please pay by debit card to avoid exchange of money - this is a known vector of the virus so reducing your need to handle money is a good way of safeguarding yourself.
At this moment in time we do still offer home visits but we ask you consider the urgency for this. There may come a point over the next days / weeks that this may be a service we can no longer provide should things change. We will keep you posted. If you are self isolating or do not pass the screening process we are unable to visit your home.
As many of you know we hold various client events for you and your pets, such as Puppy Parties and Tortoise Parties and other informative client events. During this time, we are sadly having to put these gatherings on hold. Stay tuned for upcoming articles from our team offering advice on healthy tortoises to well socialised puppies!
We would advise owners to ensure you are adequately supplied with long term medications. Please allow 48hours notice when ordering these. Consider having enough medication for 1-3 months. If you would like your prescription posted by recorded delivery for the additional postage fee we are happy to do this and save you coming out.
This article from Idexx explains how no cats or dogs have tested positive for COVID-19:
Read more here: Leading Veterinary Diagnostic Company Sees No COVID-19 Cases in Pets
Covid-19 or Coronavirus, is a hot topic currently with public health at risk.
As more and more information is coming through from government bodies and virologists, we at Vale Vets and Vale Referrals are putting in some additional precautions to help make your visit to our practice as safe as possible.
Step 1: We have put signage through the practice asking that clients use hand sanitisers on their entry to the practice and again at check in at our reception desk. For staff, additional sanitisers have been placed more readily around the practice, including offices and meeting areas, along with additional supplies of tissues.
Step 2: We would ask that where possible, you try to attend your consultation solely. We appreciate that this is not always possible. If you or a member of your family have not been well and shown symptoms similar to those given out by NHS England in relation to coronavirus, we ask that you reschedule your appointment (if non urgent) or ask a friend to bring your pet if urgent care is required.
Step 3: For now, we will not be shaking hands with clients or visitors to our centre, such as sales representatives. This is to reduce risks of transmission. Please do not take offence to this and we hope before long we will be back to greeting everyone with open hands!
Step 4: Our staff have got wipeable keyboard covers arriving for ease of cleaning and we have stepped up our contact point cleaning at front of house to an hourly rota.
As a clinical environment we already have a high level of hygiene in practice, you may have seen our blog post HERE
Should the risk of COVID-19 escalate further we have plans in place to escalate precautions. We hope we will not get to this stage.
As an extended part of our Vale family, we hope you and your family stay healthy and understand the steps we have decided to take to help reduce risks.
Coronavirus: are pets at risk?
The frightening virus is spreading rapidly, but will it affect our pets?
Coronavirus continues to cause upset and unrest among the human population, but does it pose a risk to our pets too?
Can the virus affect pets/animals?
Not at the moment. There’s no evidence that pets can catch the disease, or that they can transmit COVID-19 between humans.
Will this always be the case?
At the moment, it’s difficult to be sure. The coronavirus outbreak has sent the UK and the rest of the world into uncharted territory and it’s unclear what the next steps will be.
It’s important to be on the lookout and to contact a medical professional if you feel unwell. Likewise, give us a call if your pet seems unwell.
If I’m poorly, should I worry about spreading illness to my pet?
COVID-19 is not yet known to affect pets, but similar viruses can be transmitted from humans to pets and vice versa.
To be on the safe side, stay as hygienic as possible. Wash your dog’s paws thoroughly after a walk and wash your hands regularly. At home, clean your pet’s sleeping/living area regularly and if you’re ill, keep physical contact to a minimum… and avoid letting your pet lick your face altogether.
Concerns about exposure to the virus…
If your pet is ill and you think exposure to coronavirus is the cause of their symptoms, give us a call before your visit. It’s important to make your veterinary team aware.
Symptoms of illness may include:
The COVID-19 virus has caused a great deal or unrest and uncertainty, but do your best not to panic. Keep an eye on the news, both for trusted advice and for what is happening in your area.
Meanwhile, stay as hygienic as possible and be sure to give your doctor a call if you’re feeling at risk. As ever, if you’re worried about your pet, don’t hesitate to;
01453 542092 or 01453 547934
We are fortunate at Vale Vets to have an amazing team of committed, talented and enthusiastic staff.
We are an RCVS approved veterinary hospital with a team of friendly vets and qualified nurses who are available 24/7