Covid-19 response

Where did the curbside intake mandate come from? Whose idea was it?

  • 1.  Where did the curbside intake mandate come from? Whose idea was it?

    Posted 14 days ago
    Early in 2020 the Governor closed down most of the State under Executive Order 202.6. Veterinary medicine was not initially included in the list of essential workers, so that only emergency services and food production were permitted to continue.
    NYSVMS and the Department of Agriculture and Markets worked together to have all of veterinary medicine added to the essential worker list. The Governor agreed to add all of veterinary medicine as a late addition to the list of essential workers, but put in some strict safety requirements, such as the curbside intake directive. It seemed better to enable animal hospitals to open to serve all their patient's needs rather than to delay and fight over the detailed conditions for reopening.
    Fortunately the government has agreed to review the curbside intake guideline, and is considering new language that we provided to provide more flexibility for animal hospitals to transition over the next few months.


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    Timothy Atkinson
    NYSVMS
    Albany
    518-869-7867
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