Impact of Covid-19 on veterinary care
The Covid-19 pandemic has affected all aspects of society. In April, the RCVS and the BVA produced guidelines for practitioners to help define emergencies, and suggested a transition to telemedicine where possible. These changes led to profound reductions in veterinary consultations. Here we summarise discussions about Covid-19 recorded in consultations in companion animal practices, as a way to further assess the impact on veterinary care provided.
Health narratives containing the term ‘Covid’ were obtained from the Small Animal Veterinary Surveillance Network (SAVSNET), a sentinel network of UK veterinary practices. The narratives were de-identified and the resulting 648 consultations were categorised.
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