Vets an Essential Service

Minister for Agriculture – Vets an Essential Service during the COVID-19 crisis

Friday, 27 March 2020

We have this evening received the following statement from the office of the Hon. David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture:

“The Federal Government considers the role of veterinarians essential to the agricultural sector and therefore to our nation’s food security but also in protecting companion animals and our nation’s wildlife. 

The Federal Government has not put any restrictions on veterinarians other than the practice of social distancing and hygiene practices during the COVID-19 crisis.

While confusion has arisen due to the closing of some state borders, those state governments have assured us that veterinarians are able to continue to operate across borders.

The Federal Government will continue to work to maintain the essential role that veterinarians have in Australia during this crisis and will be happy to continue to engage with you at any stage should you require any clarification.

We ask that you advise your members of this information.” 

We are very grateful to Minister Littleproud and the Federal Government for this show of support, and will continue to work with the Government to ensure the best outcomes for both human and animal health and welfare throughout the COVID-19 pandemic response. 

Melanie Latter
Head of Policy and Advocacy 

Julia Crawford
AVA President