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Veterinary Practices are Essential

Udpate 3/23/2020 Governor Cuomo issued Executive Order No. 202.6, requiring, effective March 20, 2020 at 8 pm, that all businesses in the state reduce their in-person workforce at any work location by 100 percent. Any “essential business,” is exempt from this requirement.

The NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets has issued interim guidance dated March 22nd. Animal care operations as defined below, are been deemed essential and are exempt.

Companion animal veterinary care: Essential veterinary care is exempt.


Livestock/Equine/Captive Cervids: All veterinary care is exempt.