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https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/faq.html

https://www.avma.org/blog/what-do-you-need-know-about-coronavirus

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FVMA COVID-19 Emergency Orders

  • Governor DeSantis Issues Statewide Executive Order – Veterinary Practices Designated “Essential Business” – April 1, 2020

    April 1, 2020

    This afternoon, April 1, Governor Ron DeSantis issued Executive Order No. 20-91, requiring all persons in Florida to limit their movements and personal interactions outside of their home to only those necessary to obtain or provide an essential service or conduct essential activities. The order cites that essential services include those businesses and activities designated in Executive Order No. 20-89 and its attached list propounded by Miami-Dade County in multiple orders. This order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m., April 3, 2020 and last until April 30, 2020 unless extended by a subsequent order.

    Executive Order No. 20-91

    Miami-Dade’s Orders:

    Executive Order No. 07-20
    Addendum to Executive No. Order 07-20

    As a part of this order, veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation.

    The closure of non-essential businesses has led veterinary staff members to ask how they can prove they’re essential, if stopped. The FVMA has developed a COVID-19 Certificate of Employment template to be adapted and used by veterinary practices as a way for their staff to prove that they provide an essential service and, therefore, are allowed to perform necessary travel. We highly recommend that all employees carry a printed copy of Florida’s Executive Order No. 20-91 with Miami-Dade’s Addendum to Executive Order No. 07-20 listing veterinary practices as essential business, in addition to the completed essential employee certificate.

    COVID-19 Certificate of Employment

    PERSONALIZE – Insert your letterhead at the top of this form

    PLEASE NOTE: This form is a template only and must be completed using the specific information required. The FVMA provides this form “as is” with no warranties of any nature and accepts no liability for its use.

    We highly encourage practices that continue operation to practice preventative measures and consider implementing new protocols, such as curbside service. You can find protocol suggestions at the link below under the section titled “Protocol Recommendations to Protect Your Practice.”

    The FVMA is grateful for the inclusion of veterinary medicine as it ensures the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of the state’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order No. 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    Any services provided are and should be at the professional, clinical judgement of the treating veterinarian. There is currently NO LIST OF SPECIFIC PROCEDURES that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on the professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Alachua County: Emergency Order No. 2020-09 veterinary practices designated “Essential Businesses” – March 24, 2020

    March 24, 2020

    Alachua County Chair Robert Hutchinson and City of Gainesville Mayor Lauren Poe announced Emergency Order No. 2020-09, closing all non-essential businesses in Alachua County to limit the movement of persons and safeguard the lives and health of its citizens. As a part of this order, veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation.

    Emergency Order No. 2020-09

    The FVMA is grateful for the inclusion of veterinary medicine as it ensures the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Broward County: Emergency Order 20-01 veterinary practices designated “Essential Businesses” – March 24, 2020

    March 24, 2020

    Broward County Mayor Dale V.C. Holness announced Emergency Order 20-01 on March 22, 2020, closing all non-essential businesses in Broward County to limit the movement of persons and safeguard the lives and health of its citizens. As a part of this order, veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation.

    Emergency Order No. 20-01

    The FVMA is grateful for the inclusion of veterinary medicine as it ensures the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Duval County: Non-essential Businesses to Close– April 1, 2020

    April 1, 2020

    Duval County leaders announced Emergency Executive Order No. 2020-5, closing all non-essential businesses in Duval County to limit the movement of persons and safeguard the lives and health of its citizens. As a part of this order, veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation.

    Emergency Executive Order No. 2020-5

    The FVMA is grateful for the inclusion of veterinary medicine as it ensures the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

     While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    Any services provided are and should be at the professional judgement of the treating veterinarian. There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on the professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Gadsden County: Stay-at-home order to close non-essential businesses – March 27, 2020

    March 27, 2020

    Gadsden County leaders announced a stay-at-home order today, closing non-essential businesses. The order mandates that residents stay at home except for essential needs. Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation. We highly encourage practices to exercise preventative measures to ensure the safety of their staff, families, clients and patients. You can find updates and protocol suggestions at the link below. To read more, click here.

    Stay-at-home Order (Resolution 2020-014)

    The FVMA is grateful for the inclusion of veterinary medicine as it ensures the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    Any services provided are and should be at the professional judgement of the treating veterinarian. There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on the professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Hillsborough County: Closing businesses that can’t maintain six-feet between people – March 27, 2020

    March 27, 2020

    Hillsborough County’s Emergency Policy group announced a stay-at-home order yesterday, March 26, that will take effect today, March 27, at 10 p.m. The order mandates that residents stay at home except for essential needs. All businesses that can’t maintain a safe six-foot distance between people (such as nail and hair salons) must close. While non-essential businesses can remain open, the order allows the county to shut them down if they can’t keep people six feet apart. Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation. We highly encourage practices to exercise preventative measures to ensure the safety of their staff, families, clients and patients. You can find updates and protocol suggestions at the link below. To read more, click here.

    Safer-at-home Order

    The FVMA is grateful for the inclusion of veterinary medicine as it ensures the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    Any services provided are and should be at the professional judgement of the treating veterinarian. There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on the professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Leon County issues stay-at-home order – March 24, 2020

    March 24, 2020

    Leon County Chair Bryan Desloge announced a stay-at-home order, allowing businesses to remain open. This order strongly encourages people to stay home and limit gatherings to no more than 10 people. This order does not close any businesses, veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are allowed to remain in operation.

    Stay-at-home Order

    The FVMA is grateful that the veterinary profession will remain able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Monroe County Order – All Non-essential Businesses to Close – March 31, 2020

    March 31, 2020

    Governor Ron DeSantis announced Executive Order No. 20-89, closing all non-essential businesses in Monroe County (based on Miami-Dade’s order) to limit the movement of persons, and safeguard the lives and health of its citizens. As a part of this order, veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation.

    Executive Order No. 20-89

    Miami-Dade’s Orders:
    Executive Order 07-20
    Addendum to Executive Order 07-20

    The FVMA is grateful that the veterinary profession will remain able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

     While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    Any services provided are and should be at the professional judgement of the treating veterinarian. There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on the professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • City of Miami issues shelter in place order – March 25, 2020

    March 25, 2020

    Miami Mayor Francis Suarez announced Order No. 20-04, ordering Miami citizens to shelter in place, limiting the movement of persons and safeguarding the lives and health of its citizens. Previously, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez issued Executive Order 07-20 on March 19, closing all non-essential businesses in Miami-Dade County, veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation.

    Order No. 20-04 (City of Miami)

    Executive Order 07-20 (Miami-Dade)

    Addendum to Executive Order 07-20 (Miami-Dade)

    The FVMA is grateful for the inclusion of veterinary medicine as it ensures the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • City of Boca Raton: Veterinary practices designated “Essential Businesses” – March 25, 2020

    March 25, 2020

    The city of Boca Raton has ordered all nonessential businesses to close by midnight Tuesday, March 24. The emergency order goes into effect at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, March 25, closing all non-essential businesses in Boca Raton to limit the movement of persons and safeguard the lives and health of its citizens. As a part of this order, veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation.

    City of Boca Raton Emergency Order

    The FVMA is grateful for the inclusion of veterinary medicine as it ensures the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Miami-Dade: Veterinary Practices Deemed Essential Businesses – March 18, 2020

    March 18, 2020
    As anticipated, the FVMA received its first notice of mandatory business closures directly impacting veterinary practices. Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez issued Executive Order 07-20 on March 19, closing all non-essential businesses in Miami-Dade County to limit the movement of persons and safeguard the lives and health of its citizens. The initial order would have closed veterinary clinics and hospitals in Miami-Dade, Florida’s largest county, with a population of more than 2.8 million residents.

    Immediately upon receiving notification of this order, the FVMA interceded with County Mayor Gimenez’s office to designate veterinary practices in the Miami-Dade area as “Essential Businesses.” Within a few hours of our request, Mayor Gimenez issued an Addendum to his Executive Order to clarify which businesses can remain open. Veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are now included.

    Order No. 20-04 (City of Miami)

    Original Executive Order 07-20 (Miami-Dade)

    Addendum to Executive Order 07-20 (Miami-Dade)

    The FVMA is grateful for Mayor Gimenez’ quick and decisive action to ensure the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of Miami-Dade’s pets and citizens.

    The following points demonstrating that veterinary practices are essential businesses, in ordinary and extraordinary times, were shared with the Mayor’s office.

    • Front-line veterinary practitioners and staff are among the healthcare professionals who provide surveillance for diseases deemed reportable by state and federal governments, including zoonotic diseases, such as rabies, influenza and Lyme disease. They are also responsible for issuing certificates of veterinary inspection that are required for the movement of animals between states and countries, including those entering the food supply.

    • Veterinarians are an integral part of our nation’s food and fiber industries. Veterinary care is critical to ensure that only healthy animals enter the food supply. While primarily housed on farms, food animals are also present in urban areas.

    • Veterinary practices provide medical and surgical care daily for critically ill and injured animals.

    • Veterinarians provide care for service and therapy animals, supporting both animal and human welfare.

    • Veterinarians also oversee the care of laboratory animals, which are critical to research that leads to the development of pharmaceuticals and biologics, including vaccines such as those currently being developed to combat COVID-19.

    • Veterinarians care for rare, threatened, and endangered animals in zoos, aquaria, wildlife rehabilitation clinics, and wildlife facilities. Even if such entities need to be closed to the public for COVID-19 mitigation, veterinarians and animal care staff must continue to care for these animals.

    • Veterinarians and our support staff are trusted professionals involved in disaster situations. While perhaps different from a statutory and regulatory perspective, the training, education, and experience of veterinarians and our staff in disasters are clearly transferable skills in whatever COVID-19 risk mitigation is deemed necessary.

    • The veterinary profession in Florida, through the FVMA’s Veterinary Corps and the FVMA’s Disaster Preparedness Committee, play an integral role within the state’s EFS 17 response team through the Florida Department of Agriculture Disaster Response Team.

    The FVMA is currently working with officials in Governor DeSantis’ office to request that veterinary clinics and hospitals be classified as “Essential Businesses,” should statewide closures be implemented, to ensure that veterinarians are available to provide continuity of care for the health and well-being of their patients, and the safety of Florida’s citizens.

  • Orange County: Executive Order No. 2020-04 veterinary practices designated “Essential Businesses” – March 25, 2020

    March 25, 2020

    Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings announced Emergency Executive Order No. 2020-04 March 24 to go into effect March 26, closing all non-essential businesses in Orange County to limit the movement of persons and safeguard the lives and health of its citizens. As a part of this order, veterinarians and animal care providers are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation.

    Emergency Executive Order No. 2020-04

    The FVMA is grateful for the inclusion of veterinary medicine as it ensures the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Osceola County: Emergency Order No. 2 – Veterinary practices designated “Essential Businesses” – March 25, 2020

    March 25, 2020

    Osceola County leaders announced a stay-at-home order today, March 25, to go into effect tomorrow, March 26, starting at 11 p.m. The order closes all non-essential businesses in Osceola County in order to limit the movement of persons and safeguard the lives and health of its citizens. As a part of this order, veterinarians and animal care providers are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation.

    Emergency Order No. 2

    The FVMA is grateful for the inclusion of veterinary medicine as it ensures the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Palm Beach County: Emergency Order No. 2 – Veterinary practices deemed “Essential Businesses” – March 25, 2020

    March 25, 2020

    Palm Beach County officials announced Emergency Order No. 2, closing all non-essential businesses in Palm Beach County to limit the movement of persons and safeguard the lives and health of its citizens. As a part of this order, veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are considered essential businesses and are allowed to remain in operation.

    Emergency Order No. 2

    The FVMA is grateful for the inclusion of veterinary medicine as it ensures the veterinary profession remains able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Pinellas County “Stay-at-home order to take effect Wednesday at 11 p.m.” – March 25, 2020

    March 25, 2020

    Pinellas County leaders are mandating that all residents stay at home except for essential needs, allowing businesses to remain open. This order strongly encourages people to stay home and limit gatherings. This order does not close any businesses, therefore, veterinarians and pet boarding facilities are allowed to remain in operation.

    Stay-at-home Order

    The FVMA is grateful that the veterinary profession will remain able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

    While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • Seminole County Order Mandates Business to keep people 6-feet apart, limits gathering sizes – March 30, 2020

    March 30, 2020

    Seminole County leaders are mandating that all employees and patrons must practice social distancing by staying at least six (6) feet apart. This order does not close any businesses, and does not apply to veterinarian staff. Veterinarians are allowed to remain in operation.

    Social Distancing Order

    The FVMA is grateful that the veterinary profession will remain able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

     While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    Any services provided are and should be at the professional judgement of the treating veterinarian. There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on the professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.

  • St. Lucie County order encourages residents to stay home – April 1, 2020

    April 1, 2020

    St. Lucie County leaders issued a safer-at-home order. This order does not close any businesses, and does not apply to veterinarian staff. Veterinarian clinics, pet hospitals, pet boarding facilities and animal care staff are allowed to remain in operation.

    Safer-at-home Order

    The FVMA is grateful that the veterinary profession will remain able to protect the health and well-being of the county’s pets and citizens. Veterinarians who remain open for business should keep in mind Executive Order 20-72, issued by Governor Ron DeSantis on March 20, 2020.

    The order directs, “All hospitals, ambulatory surgical centers, office surgery centers, dental, orthodontic and endodontic offices, and other health care practitioners offices in the State of Florida are prohibited from providing any medically unnecessary, non-urgent or non-emergency procedure or surgery which, if delayed, does not place a patient’s immediate health, safety, or well-being at risk, or will, if delayed, not contribute to the worsening of a serious or life-threatening medical condition. Accordingly, all health care practitioners licensed in the State of Florida, including dentists, shall immediately cease performing these elective services.”

     While the governor’s order does not specify veterinary medicine, the FVMA recommends that veterinarians defer elective procedures, that in their judgement are not necessary, to help reduce human-to-human contact and conserve PPE.

    Any services provided are and should be at the professional judgement of the treating veterinarian. There is currently no list of specific procedures that should be deferred, because what procedures are needed for what patient are dependent on the professional judgment of the treating veterinarian and each individual situation.