International Association of Animal Therapists


Updated Statement on the Covid-19 situation

Following the Government's updated advice regarding Covid-19, we can confirm the following update to our guidelines.  Please be aware that these rules are for those members who are based in England.  As the Scottish and Welsh Governments have provided different guidelines, any member in those areas need to ensure they are practising within local rules.  Likewise for any members who are based in Leicester, local lockdown rules apply. 

As always, IAAT strongly encourage all of our members to follow the Government advice, however, we appreciate that lockdown is easing somewhat and many of you are desperate to start working again.

We therefore recommend the following:

1. Where possible, conduct a risk assessment before any appointment.  A sample risk assessment sheet can be requested by emailing

2. Contact the client on the morning of the appointment to make sure there are no health issues.  If the client is self isolating, you should cancel the appointment immediately, and reschedule for a later date.

3. Travel to the client in your own transport, where necessary and ensure it is kept clean.  Keep hand gel/sanitiser with you, along with disinfectant wipes.  Wipe your car door and steering wheel after each visit.  Where possible, use disposable gloves and face coverings, ensuring you dispose of them correctly after each appointment.  Wash your hands regularly, and any equipment after each use.

4.  Maintain social distancing.  Keep 2m apart from you and the client but also keep safe, particularly if you are dealing with large animals.  

5. If you are seeing clients at your own premises, ask the client to wait in their car or outside until you are ready to see them.  Keep windows open to ensure good ventilation and if necessary, ask the client to wear a face covering.  You can also consider taking the animal from the client at the door, thus limiting client entry to your premises.

For more advice and guidance, please read through the FAQs from the BVA here

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