Veterinary facilities have unique characteristics that warrant unique infection control considerations. This page provides resources and considerations for veterinarians and their staff who may be treating or advising on animal medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic. Since each workplace setting and situation associated with a COVID-19 response is different, discuss the latest guidance and options for your practice setting with your local health department.

The Virginia Department of Health Businesses page also contains great resources designed to assist veterinary practice owners and staff with a wide range of COVID-19 prevention and response strategies, including guidance for employer COVID-19 case reporting, which can be found as part of the “Employer Responsibilities” tab at the bottom of the Businesses page.


VDH Guidance

Business Guidance (7/15/21)

Visit the VDH FAQ Page and Search for Animals and COVID-19

Visit the VDH FAQ Page and Search for Information for Veterinarians

Testing and Management of an Animal Positive for SARS-CoV-2 in Virginia


Federal Guidance

CDC Interim Infection Prevention and Control Guidance for Veterinary Clinics During the COVID-19 Response

CDC Animals and COVID-19


Partner Guidance

AVMA Interim Recommendations for the Intake of Companion Animals from Households Where Humans with COVID-19 are Present

AVMA - What veterinarians need to know

AVMA Flow Chart: Testing for SARS-CoV-2

Considerations for the Management of Non-Domestic Species in Human Care During COVID-19

SARS-CoV-2 and White-Tailed Deer(11/15/21)



Letter to Veterinary Community about First Animal Confirmed with SARS-CoV-2 in Virginia (1/8/21)

Client Factsheet: What You Need to Know About COVID-19 and Pets (June 30, 2020)

Webinar: Healthcare Associated Guidance for Animal Healthcare Providers (5/21/2020) Webinar Slides, Audio Recording

Webinar: Healthcare Associated Guidance for Animal Healthcare Providers (4/2/20)

USDA Confirmed cases of SARS-CoV-2 in Animals in the United States

USDA Statement on the Confirmation of COVID-19 in a Tiger in New York (7/2/20)

Confirmation of COVID-19 in Two Pet Cats in New York (4/22/20)

Confirmation of COVID-19 in Pet Dog in New York (6/2/20)

MMWR Early Release Vol. 69: First Reported Cases of SARS-CoV-2 Infection in Companion Animals (6/8/20)


Page Last Updated: March 12, 2021