Social Distancing and Being a Veterinarian
Sometimes, you just need a friend to chat with and a drink in hand. During COVID restrictions I’ve been doing my part. Staying 6 feet away from people, and if I can’t, then wearing a mask. My friend's dog does not understand the meaning of social distancing. In the clinic, I wash my hands between every patient. While the risk is very low that a dog can act as a fomite to carry COVID on their fur, we cannot afford to take any risks. Veterinarians receive a small amount of training in Public Health, but it's an important part of our training. We learn about zoonotic diseases, these are diseases that can be passed from animals to people. Every wellness visit has a discussion of risk factors for the pet and their human family members. If you have a friend or family member who has a compromised immune system, you are putting them at risk, and I certainly do not want to be the one to spread a disease to my friends or family. So enjoy your visits, in the fresh air, in the sunshine, so that you don't have to share the same air space.