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As part of RCVS COVID-19 guidance, we have compiled a series of 9 possible scenarios illustrating what action should be taken in each, to help you decide whether or not to carry out a particular type of work. This should be used as a guide through the decision-making process.

Scenario 1:

If it is important for the maintenance of the food chain, then go ahead, maintaining biosecurity as far as possible.

Scenario 2:

If it is not important for the maintenance of the food chain but it is an emergency, then go ahead, maintaining biosecurity as far as possible.

Scenario 3:

If it is not important for the maintenance of the food chain and it is not an emergency, but you can effectively support the case remotely (see FAQ 4), then go ahead. If this is effective, good. Review if necessary.

Scenario 4:

If it is not important for the maintenance of the food chain and it is not an emergency, but you can effectively support the case remotely (see FAQ 4), then go ahead. If this is not effective but you can effectively support the case while abiding by the appropriate social/physical distancing guidance for workplaces to protect your team and the public then go ahead. Take care to risk assess for yourself, your team and the public, to include consideration of movement of people to, from and around the premises.

Scenario 5:

If it is not important for the maintenance of the food chain and it is not an emergency, but you can effectively support the case remotely (see FAQ 4), then go ahead. If this is not effective and you cannot effectively support the case while abiding by the appropriate social/physical distancing guidance for workplaces to protect your team and the public and furthermore the planned intervention does not have animal health and welfare or public health implications if not carried out, then advise the client that this should wait until after government restrictions on social/physical distancing are lifted or until anything new is observed.

Scenario 6:

If it is not important for the maintenance of the food chain and it is not an emergency, but you can effectively support the case remotely (see FAQ 4), then go ahead. If this is not effective and you cannot effectively support the case while abiding by the appropriate social/physical distancing guidance for workplaces to protect your team and the public but the planned intervention could have animal health and welfare or public health implications if not carried out then go ahead, if you feel confident in your risk assessment for yourself, your team and the public, to include consideration of PPE and movement of people to, from and around the premises.

Scenario 7:

If it is not important for the maintenance of the food chain and it is not an emergency, nor can you effectively support the case remotely (see FAQ 4) but you can effectively support the case while maintaining social/physical distancing guidance for workplaces to protect your team and the public then go ahead, taking care to risk assess for yourself, your team and the public, to include consideration of movement of people to, from and around the premises.

Scenario 8:

If it is not important for the maintenance of the food chain and it is not an emergency, nor can you effectively support the remotely (see FAQ 4), nor can you effectively support the case while maintaining social/physical distancing guidance for workplaces to protect your team and the public but the planned intervention could have animal health and welfare or public health implications if not carried out then go ahead, if you feel confident in your risk assessment for yourself, your team and the public, to include consideration of PPE and movement of people to, from and around the premises.

Scenario 9:

If it is not important for the maintenance of the food chain and it is not an emergency, nor can you effectively support the case remotely (see FAQ 4), nor can you effectively support the case while maintaining social/physical distancing guidance for workplaces to protect your team and the public and furthermore the planned intervention does not have animal health and welfare or public health implications if not carried out, then advise the client that this should wait until after government restrictions on social/physical distancing are lifted or until anything new is observed.

 

This guidance was last updated on 6 August 2020.