To support the veterinary profession during the COVID-19 outbreak, we will be sharing updates and information to support vets and RVNs in practice as well as pet owners. Please see below a summary of what is included on each page to help you find the information that you’re looking for.

Government guidance and information may vary in different parts of the UK therefore please check country advice for England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland and also, for any local variations within each country.


In transitioning out of any lockdown, the phased timing for easing restrictions for different sectors will vary for each country depending on their selected criteria. The Institute of Government has produced an overview of the different approaches adopted by the four nations within the UK which is available here.

Specific information relevant to each country is as follows:

UK Guidance (spring 2021) is available here

England: ‘Our plan to rebuild: The UK Government’s Covid-19 recovery strategy’ (11/05/20) is available here 

Updated information (spring 2021) is available here

Scotland: ‘Route map for moving out of lockdown’ (21/05/20) is available here 

Updated information (spring 2021) is available here

Wales: ‘Unlocking our society and economy: continuing the conversation’ (15/05/20) is available here 

Updated information (spring 2021) is available here

Northern Ireland: ‘Executive approach to decision making’ (12/05/20) is available here 

Updated information (spring 2021) is available here

Veterinary practices working with clients on both sides of a country border will need to work under the legislation and guidance relevant to where the work is taking place.

Updated as of spring 2021


Make sure you sign up for email updates as the situation continues to develop at a rapid pace, you will be first to be informed of anything that is updated or added to these pages.

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On this page you will find advice for practise staff including good hygiene and social distancing, RCVS guidance, BVA advice on assessing the need for examinations, as well as BSAVA resources including our Anaesthesia, Neutering and Vaccination resources and Triage Tool. You can also find all other UK veterinary resources and information here.

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On this page you will find our Triage Tool for dogs and cats that can be used following lockdown when restrictions are less severe and a tiered approach by governments mean a more normal range of veterinary services can be made available. The Triage Tool is intended to support vets in practice identify and prioritise cases whilst adhering to government requirements. It is available to all vets free of charge.

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On this page you will find public health information with resources from the WHO and NHS, and support for wider society including social distancing measures, information on ventilators and how to become an NHS volunteer.

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On this page you will find our Triage Tool for dogs and cats that can be used when Lockdown-type measures are in place including circuit or fire-breaks at national or local level. The Triage Tool is intended to support vets in practice identify and prioritise cases whilst adhering to government restrictions. It is available to all vets free of charge.

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On this page you will find advice for key workers, financial support for businesses and individuals including statutory sick pay, loans and grants for businesses and government advice on being furloughed. This page also includes legal advice from Harrison Clark Rickerbys.

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On this page you will find the current UK status for COVID-19 & Pets, Government advice for pet owners, and general advice and resources for pet owners including advice on behavioural changes in your pet, and looking after your puppy/kitten. You will also find advice for breeders and animal related businesses as well as our Neutering and Vaccination guides for pet owners. 

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Office updates


Following the latest advice from the UK government, we have now asked all of our staff to work from home, starting from 24th March 2020. Our hours during this period will be 09:30 – 16:30.

Due to this change, unfortunately you will be unable to reach us by phone until further notice. We are all on email, and you can reach us using the contact form here.

Whilst we hope these changes don’t cause too much disruption, we ask for your continued patience and understanding if you need to contact us.

PG Cert updates


Due to the escalating concerns related to the spread of COVID-19, BSAVA are extending cancellation of PGCert day courses. All day courses to be held in April and May 2020 are cancelled. 

We have been closely monitoring the situation relating to the spread of COVID-19, and have already cancelled the day courses planned to be held in March 2020. In light of the escalating government response, we have extended the cancelation to apply to courses due to be held in April and May. Please do not travel to any of the venues that are due to hold courses during these months.

We aim to deliver most of the courses via webinars and will endeavour to have some live Q&A sessions for each of the units to allow you to ask speakers questions. We cannot promise that the webinars will be delivered on the same day as the course was planned to be held as all of our speakers have their own health to consider as well as covering for any shortfall in staffing numbers at their workplaces. Likewise, for the live Q&A sessions, these will be subject to speaker availability which at this time is very difficult to predict.

As for any practical courses due to be held during this time, we will look to rearrange a date for these later in the year as we cannot deliver these in any other way.

For courses planned from June onwards, we will continue to monitor the developing situation with a view to issuing further advice as to whether or not they go ahead next month. As per our previous communication, for the foreseeable future we strongly recommend that you book refundable transport and accommodation when you are planning attendance of any BSAVA event.


The BSAVA PGCert Module I written examinations for ECC and Ophthalmology due to be held in June 2020 are to be POSTPONED

The 2020 Module I examinations for ECC and Ophthalmology are due to be held on the 9th and 10th of June respectively. The Examination and Award Committee met this morning to discuss the options for the examinations in light of the global pandemic of COVID-19 and based upon the current situation and the escalating government response we have made the decision to postpone the examinations.

Each year we schedule a resit opportunity in November and so we have decided that this would be the most appropriate time to hold the 2020 Module I examination for both subjects (the exact date is to be confirmed and will be shared as soon as possible).  

The Module II assessment (casebook) deadline will remain the same (1st February 2021), to ensure that those of you who want to can still complete the course within the same academic year.

These are exceptional and unprecedented times and we are doing our very best to ensure that your studies can continue. Please do not hesitate to contact us should you have any further questions. You can do so by emailing


UPDATE FOR 2020 enrolments in light of COVID-19

We are committed to the continued delivery of the BSAVA Postgraduate Certificate Programmes throughout this challenging time without unnecessarily extending the period of time that students will be studying. To that end, we will deliver the majority of the taught content online and look to reschedule any practical courses to a later date. For those students enrolling on the PGCert in ECC and Ophthalmology in May 2020, we want to reassure you that the vast majority of the units will be deliverable in your first year, with the Ophthalmology practicals being delayed to a later date.  These contingency measures will continue for as long as required until we can welcome students back to Woodrow House and our partner venues.


We have been in touch with all students on our Postgraduate courses to let students know how COVID-19 is likely to affect their studies. We have made the decision to cancel all PGCert courses due to be held in March. For the courses planned from April onwards, we will continue to monitor the situation and will be giving advice at the beginning of next month as to whether the courses will go ahead.

We will be doing everything we can to deliver the education needed for students to complete their PGCert as we don’t want the situation to disrupt their learning. Currently we are planning to deliver the majority of the content online. Of course, this won’t be possible for any practical courses but we will be rearranging these for a later date in the year.

Regional updates


All regional day courses will be cancelled until the end of July. We are currently exploring options for delivering evening courses online to help limit social contact. If you have paid a fee to attend a day course, you will automatically be refunded and you don’t need to contact us to arrange this. We are looking to rearrange these courses later in the year and will make sure to contact you with any new dates.

Congress 2020


Last week we took the difficult decision to cancel Congress 2020. We have been contacting delegates and exhibitors directly with next steps and we will continue to update those affected as we have more information. We appreciate many of you will have questions about Congress, and again we ask for your continued patience as we disseminate these messages.

If you have already purchased a ticket to Congress 2020, you will be eligible for a refund of your registration fees. Please note, refunds will be processed automatically and you do not need to contact us to arrange. This process may take a bit longer due to staff working from home, but we will be working hard to complete this as soon as possible.

We are also investigating alternatives for delivering the CPD which we know many of you rely upon. More updates will follow.

Information for deliveries/book orders


We will be taking book orders and processing deliveries as usual. Again, with much of the staff out of the office it may take slightly longer than usual for your orders to reach your door.

Of course, all our publications remain available via the BSAVA Library, so you can continue to access content remotely if this is more convenient for you during this period.

Our last dispatch date before Christmas will be Friday 18th December. We will resume dispatching on Monday 4th January. 


BSAVA Online Resources

Learn Online

With BSAVA Learn Online you can dip into your CPD at the click of a button. So whether you’re working nights, overtime, or even in a different time zone, you won’t miss out. All of the courses are fully interactive and provide 9 hours of CPD. Meet the speaker through video presentations and connect with your peers in online discussion forums. 

We’ll also provide additional resources to complement your course. Including related Congress podcast recordings, companion articles and a FREE book chapter from the relevant BSAVA manual. 

Each course will run with a live forum for 3 weeks (with materials available for 8 weeks) and will include a series of short webinars, so you can come and go whenever it suits you.

See what courses are running this year here

BSAVA Library

The BSAVA Library is the new home for the BSAVA’s publications covering the spectrum of small animal veterinary practice. Search across all BSAVA’s content – filter your search results by topic, animal and more, save your favourite articles and set up alerts.

  • Over 1200 manual chapters
  • 750 BSAVA Formulary entries
  • Companion articles
  • BSAVA Congress lecture summaries (with audio and video recordings where available)
  • Client leaflets and scientific resources
  • Themed collections to keep you up-to-date

Access the BSAVA library here

Learn @ Lunch

The popular Learn@Lunch webinars are free and exclusively for members only while the evening webinars are for all veterinary professionals to enjoy. We often collaborate with our affiliate groups and produce webinars and you will find these here as and when they are available. 

Monthly one hour lunchtime webinars (1pm - 2pm) with clinically relevant topics for vets and vet nurses in first opinion practice. These webinars are accessible by members only and are FREE to attend.

The webinars are recorded and available on the website for up to 3 years after the live session so if lunchtimes are a busy time, you can simply catch up later.

See what webinars are coming up here.


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