COVID-19 Resources


Note from AVMA:

As you know, we've been working with CDC on getting the guidance for veterinary facilities updated. I just received the following from CDC as interim direction while work on the update is continuing.

"Veterinary clinics should follow the masking guidance for the general public. While veterinarians are considered clinicians, the settings in which they work are not used to treat humans with suspected or confirmed COVID-19, and instances of animal-to-human transmission appear to be very rare. Veterinary clinics should consider local transmission and vaccination rates when creating clinic policies for PPE use and interactions with clients."

The following guidance is among that available from the CDC:
When You've Been Fully Vaccinated
Interim Public Health Recommendations for Fully Vaccinated People
Guidance for Unvaccinated People: How to Protect Yourself and Others
Guidance for Unvaccinated People: Wearing Masks
Science Brief: COVID-19 and Vaccinations (Background Rationale)

Gail C. Golab, PhD, DVM, MANZCVS, DACAW
Chief Veterinary Officer
American Veterinary Medical Association

Current Recommendations From MDH:  

COVID-19 Recommendations for Business and Industry

This 
updated guidance includes info on exclusions to quarantine after exposure for vaccination and previous infection. There are no more recommendations or requirements re-masking or face shields for veterinary personnel. These are personal and business decisions now. Continued daily health screening is recommended; also an appropriate follow-up of test-positive cases, and workplace contact tracing and quarantine of close contacts. Note that both vaccinated and unvaccinated employees with symptoms (even mild symptoms) should be tested for COVID-19, and should stay home until test results are back. How to handle opening back up to clients, and when/where/if to require clients to mask is up to every clinic.

As of July 1, 2021, there is no longer a Minnesota requirement for a COVID-19 Preparedness Plan, but an OSHA requirement for employers to provide a safe and healthy workplace under the general duty clause still applies. All MDH guidance for business and industry, and links to OSHA and CDC COVID-19 guidance are located here: https://www.health.state.mn.us/diseases/coronavirus/businesses.html


Become a COVID-19 Vaccine Administer

On April 12, 2021, Commissioner of Health, Jan K. Malcolm, announced that veterinarians may volunteer to administer vaccines to people. 

How to become a COVID-19 Vaccine Administrator

 1. Make sure you are eligible - see BVM announcement

Commissioner of Health's announcement: Pursuant to the authority granted by me under Minnesota Statues, section 144.4197, I have determined that increasing the number of persons able to administer COVID-19 vaccines is necessary to protect the health and safety of the public. Therefore, I authorize Veterinarians who are currently licensed by the Board of Veterinary Medicine under Minnesota Statutes, section 156.04 to administer the COVID-19 vaccine to eligible individuals and accompanying epinephrine for anaphylactic reactions subject to contain requirements and conditions outlined below and via attached links. 

 2. Complete the CDC COVID-19 Vaccination Training 

As required under the March 11, 2021, amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Act (PREP Act), a licensed veterinarian must have documentation that they completed the CDC COVID-19 vaccine training. View Training and Education for COVID-19 Vaccination. 

3. Be CPR certified 

As required under the March 11, 2021, amendment to the Public Readiness and Emergency Act (PREP Act), a licensed veterinarian must have a current certificate in basic cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). Online CPR training is an acceptable option. 

4. Need to register to volunteer! 

Sign up on https://mnresponds.org under the "Online Registration" tab at the top. Review Minnesota Responds State Vaccination Group FAQ

Important Liability information: Volunteers responding to a call for assistance under the State Vaccination Group (SVG) within Minnesota Responds are afforded certain liability protections under Minnesota state law and are deemed an employee of the state for purposes of worker’s compensation and tort claim defense and indemnification. Many eligible volunteers will also have liability protection under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness (PREP) Act.

This authorization is effective immediately. This authorization remains in effect until the peacetime emergency declared in Executive Order 20-01 is terminated or until this authorization is rescinded.


Resources

How Can MVMA Supporting Members Help You?

When Will Veterinarians Get Vaccinated?
The AVMA and MVMA are advocating for the vaccination of veterinarians. 
View Minnesota COVID-19 Response Vaccine Data.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health Veterinarians are considered Essential Frontline Workers under the category of Agriculture. Learn more about who is getting vaccinated on the MDH's website. 

Latest Communication: 1-25-2021

COVID-19 Social Media Resources:

Minnesota Animal Health Foundation (MNAHF) - The MNAHF is here to support veterinarians and pet owners to ensure all pets live long, happy, and healthy lives. COVID-19 has created a unique set of challenges for veterinary clinics across the United States. MN Animal Health Foundation has created and sourced materials for your clinic to share, thanking clients for their continued understanding and patience while calling for continued kindness during the pandemicSee their free marketing materials for clinics


Join the discussion in the MVMA Facebook Group: COVID-19: Veterinary Professionals Discussion
Visit MVMA's 
Youtube Channel to view all COVID-19 Webinars. 

MVMA Guidance and Resources for Developing a Clinic Plan (EO 20-51)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

State of Minnesota

Executive Branch

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Minnesota Department of Health (MDH)

Minnesota Board of Animal Health 

Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine

Minnesota Board of Pharmacy

United States Department of Labor - Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)

University of Minnesota Extension


Other Resources


How MVMA Supporting Members Can Help

The following individuals/businesses below are MVMA supporting members and have been personally contacted about being a resource for MVMA members as they navigate the various state and federal COVID-19 business assistance programs.  If you contact them and identify yourself as an MVMA member they will provide an initial complimentary consultation.

  • David Kelling, CPA, Kelling & Bocovich, Ph. 763-757-5116, Email: [email protected]
    Small business (SBA loans), CARES Act, MN DEED loans/grants, FMLA, tax
  • Garret Colao, North Star Financial, Ph. 612-617-6092, Email: [email protected]
    Student loans, PPP, CARES Act
  • Heather Bantle, Foster Klima, Ph. 952-270-1552, Email: [email protected]
    Student loans, disability plans
  • Chandler MacLean, Bank of the West, Ph.  612-499-1785, Email: [email protected]
    SBA loans, loan deferrals, EIDL grants, CARES Act, SBA form and PPP application
  • Michael Salchert, Larkin Hoffman (attorneys) Ph. 952-896-6712,
    Email: [email protected]
    Business law, employment, tax planning
  • Mark Tebellius and Anne Brown, Sjoberg Tebellius (attorneys), Ph. 651-738-3433,
    Email: [email protected]  and [email protected] 
    Business law, employment law, succession/estate planning
  • Robert Borcherding, Wells Fargo, Ph. 612-979-3119, Email: [email protected]
    SBA loans, business loans
  • Sean Poppen, US Bank, Ph. 763-639-3192, Email: [email protected]
    PPP, CARES Act, EIDL, SBA, General loan/lending
  • Bill Butler, Butler Veterinary Insurance, Ph. 651-494-8323, Email: [email protected]
    Commercial, residential insurance
  • Calvin Riley, PayJunction, Inc., Ph. 415-335-5484, Email: [email protected]
    Payment processing solutions

Other Supporting Member Services

Telemedicine Benefit with Virtuwoof - Virtuwoof, an MN-based veterinary telemedicine provider, offers MVMA members an exclusive cost savings benefit of a $99/month subscription (normally $149), plus your first 30 days free!* This MVMA exclusive benefit represents a 33% savings per month off of our standard rate, and an annual value of over $650 to your practice on the subscription fee alone. Learn More!

Sjoberg & Tebelius - Attorneys with experience in the veterinary profession are available to provide a brief complimentary consultation regarding your practice's office practices and procedures pertaining to COVID-19.

Wells Fargo Practice Finance
Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information Sheet

U.S. Bank
Payment Solutions