COVID-19 Information Center

AVMA: COVID-19 FAQs For Veterinarians and Veterinary Clinics
March 18, 2020 (published)
Teri Ann Oursler, DVM

As the information about COVID-19 is changing on a daily basis the AVMA is regularly updating their website with information for both veterinarians and pets.  Rather than take the chance of disseminating out-of-date information, this is a compilation of the questions answered on the AVMA website:


A lot of the answers are embedded in pdf’s. Depending on your browser, you may be able to open the pdf, or it may simply download to your computer, usually found in the Downloads folder.

The COVID-19: FAQs For Veterinarians and Veterinary Clinics is found on the AVMA site, in the lower left, near the bottom of the webpage.

Q: Hong Kong’s Agriculture, Fisheries, and Conservation Department (AFCD) has indicated that a pet dog whose owner had contracted COVID-19 had been tested for SARS-CoV-2 and that multiple tests over several days’ time had come back “weak positive.” Do you have more information and should we be worried for our pets or for ourselves?

Q: Can SARS-CoV-2 infect pets and can it be spread by pets to other animals, including people?

Q: Can pets serve as fomites in the spread of COVID-19?

Q: How do I best protect myself and my veterinary team from infection with COVID-19?

Q: The animal of a client who is ill with COVID-19 needs to be seen urgently, how do I proceed?

Q: Is there a test I can use to check my patients for SARS-COV-2?

Q: We’re starting to see challenges in obtaining masks and gowns for use in our practice. What should we do?