International Association of Animal Therapists


Covid Statement for January 2021

Following last night’s announcement regarding the current lockdown restrictions, we understand that many of you may still be a little confused with regards to the rules.

IAAT therefore feel it is necessary to repeat much of the advice given back in March 2020.  Our guidelines have always been and will continue to be to follow Government advice.  If you can work from home, then you need to do so.  

However, if you are going out to give care to animals, we expect you to make a professional judgement to be sure that it is safe for both you and the owner.  You MUST make sure you are completing a pre-visit risk assessment in every case.  If the client has symptoms of Covid or has been in contact with anyone who has tested positive, you must rearrange the appointment.  Government guidelines for self isolation is now 10 days.

Keep to all social distancing rules wherever possible and use appropriate PPE.  Make sure you are consistent with washing your hands and are sanitising where appropriate.

Keep a close eye on RCVS and Government websites and we will also update you should any changes come to light.  It is important to us that our members stay safe and that we consider the welfare of both our animal clients and their owners and give care where it is needed.

We understand that these are worrying times.  If you are experiencing any difficulty or if you just need to talk to someone, we are here for you all.  Please don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Stay safe. 

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