Since early October, when questions began to arise about the potential for pets to become ill from or spread the Ebola virus, the AVMA has convened and organized several working groups with the USDA, CDC, and other agencies and experts to help develop protocols about the Ebola virus and animals.
From these efforts we have developed two new documents to help veterinarians with issues related to pets and Ebola:
- The Checklist for Practicing Veterinarians is designed to help veterinarians determine how to proceed in the event they are confronted with a patient or client who has potentially been exposed to the Ebola virus. The checklist is based on our understanding of the currently available science and will be updated as needed.
- The Pet Owner’s Guide to Ebola Exposure is a simple flowchart that veterinarians can use as a handout to provide basic guidance for pet owners. It is based on the “Interim Guidance for Public Health Officials on Pets of Ebola Virus Disease (Ebola) Contacts” developed by the AVMA and others in the Ebola working groups.
Both of these resources are available exclusively to AVMA members and can be found along with our other Ebola resources at www.avma.org/Ebola. You’ll also find other Ebola virus resources for veterinarians there, as well as Ebola information for pet owners and the public, including an FAQ document that we also have updated recently.