Unprecedented times. Past and future is now the before and after coronavirus – we have no roadmap for this and need to accept a new ‘normal’, which may change daily.

We are collating resources to help you support your patients, your staff, your loved ones… yourselves. In the face of this uncertainty and mounting challenges, remember Vetlife offer 24/7 support by both telephone 0303 040 2551 and email. So please do contact them if you need to talk, and for financial and moral support.

Support for vet practices

The major veterinary organisations are increasingly co-ordinating efforts. Watch this space for further updates.

BVA – Collating advice resources from government, medicines agencies, public and animal health risks, social distancing and coronavirus infection control guidance.

SPVS – Practical resources and advice, such as a contingency checklist and a downloadable editable template for practice meetings.

VMG – collated resources and actions to consider lists

RCVS – FAQs page

Staffing – both Simply Locums and Vetsurgeon/Vetnurse websites have suspended fees for registering a practice and posting job ads respectively.

Virtual consultations – VetHelpDirect are offering 3 months free of charge access for practices, sponsored by Boehringer Ingelheim.

Support for families

With all children home until further notice, and the likelihood of increasingly restricted activities there are increasing numbers of home-schooling and home entertainment resources being shared on social media.

If, like me, you’re all of sudden thrust into the role of primary educator (on top of parent, job, household, life, self-care) here’s a list of great resources in our Veterinary Woman Home-School guide. Please contact us if you have any to add. A big shout out to Greg Dickens who I was vet school with. He’s a vet-entomologist and his facebook live session on bugs was brill.

We’ll also share via our facebook page, and you can follow the discussion threads on the Vet Mums group.

Support for YOU

We are social animals being asked to observe social distancing – it’s simply not natural. Additionally, we face uncertainty, work pressures, financial pressures, concern for family members and leisure restrictions. However, we are also better connected and virtually resourced than ever before. Here are some of the ways you can access and action vital methods of connection, exercise and calm.

Virtual classesVetYogi and Vets: Stay, Go, Diversify are organising an online Yoga and meditation hour Sunday 22nd March. Joe Wicks – fitness instructor and school fitness ambassador – is running PE sessions for kids 9am every weekday via his youtube channel. Please contact us with any virtual session you’d like us to share and promote.

Virtual meetups – there are numerous platforms to facilitate remote catch-ups. I’ve already been invited to a virtual pub meet on Microsoft Teams, a catch-up with University friends on Zoom, and a my kids are organising a virtual play date. Set a date, time, and send platform invites. Get creative and let us know in the comments what works for you.