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COVID-19 - Preparedness for Veterinary Practices Short Course - E-learning



Healthcare workers are placed at the frontline in fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. Man’s best friend however requires its own frontline to be ready for its needs. How does COVID-19 impact the field of veterinary medicine, including daily veterinary practices, interaction with client and their pets, possible ‘mechanical’ transmission between pets and people and the question of whether there may or may not be zoonotic transmission between veterinary staff, owners and pets. How should you prepare your practice to be safe for yourself, your staff, man’s best friend and pet lovers? This course aims to equip you with the necessary tools to prepare you to join the fight in stopping the spread of COVID-19 while ensuring that animals and pets alike are still receiving the veterinary care they require.

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Exit Level Outcomes

On achieving this course, a learner will be able to:

  • Implement infection control measures in line with preventing the spread of COVID-19 within your practice
  • Understand SARS-CoV-2
  • Apply correct use of personal protective equipment
  • Understand the use of tele-consultations and tele-medicine in the context of veterinary medicine
  • Implement owner educational sources regarding COVID-19 and their pets
  • Implement measures to safeguard staff and owners alike
  • Access veterinary Important COVID-19 information in real-time as new scientific information becomes available

Course Design

The short course is a part-time distance (e-learning) course that is offered a sponsored course to veterinarians.

Course Content

The following study units are included in this short course:

  • Overview of COVID-19
  • Basics of SARS-CoV-2
  • Personal Protective Equipment
  • Setting up your veterinary practice to be COVID-19 ready
  • The use of teleconsultation
  • COVID-19 and zoonotic and or mechanical transmission
  • Veterinary medicine and COVID-19 going forward
  • Relevant Veterinary COVID-19 information reference sources


The minimum period for completion is 4 hours.


Completion of this online training with 80% or more for the assessment will earn Veterinarians, Veterinary Specialists, Compulsory Veterinary Community Service Veterinarian (CCS) four structured CPD points.