Veterinary Practices Designated as “Essential Businesses”

News flash from the New York State Veterinary Medical Society: Veterinary practices have just been designated as “essential businesses” that provide for the “health, safety and welfare of the public.” This is good news as it affects the status of our operations in the COVID-19 crisis. We will be able to stay open and we’re not required by law to reduce our workforce by 50%. This gives us greater latitude in organizing our staffing and scheduling so we can continue to provide the very best emergency and specialized medical and surgical care for pets during challenging times.

From the New York State Veterinary Medical Society:
  • Veterinary Practices are essential businesses
  • The following statement is from our legal advisors and is approved by the President of the NYSVMS board.
  • “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 50 percent. Any “essential business,” however, is not subject to this restriction.
  • An “essential business” includes, among others, those that provide for the “health, safety and welfare of the public.”
  • NYSVMS has concluded, after consultation with its legal counsel, that veterinary practices are vital for the health and welfare of the public and therefore are “essential businesses” within the meaning of the Executive Order. As essential businesses, veterinary practices are not subject to the Executive Order’s workforce restriction.”

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