The BSAVA has launched a free triage tool designed to help vets in small animal practices identify and process emergency canine and feline cases during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The tool provides users with a downloadable and printable guide chart that has been created by a number of veterinary specialists.
The chart enables vets, nurses and receptionists to quickly identify urgent, potentially urgent, non-urgent and delayable cases to help ease the current pressure on limited veterinary resources.
The BSAVA said the tool would also enable the “best efficiency without compromise to animal health or welfare”.
The chart can either be printed out or accessed through a mobile phone or tablet.
BVA president Sue Paterson said: “During these exceptional and worrying times, veterinary surgeons need as much practical help and support as possible.
“We are hugely grateful for the indefatigable support of an enthusiastic group of volunteers who have rapidly produced this triage tool, which we are now able to share.”
She added: “It should enable patient queries to be processed, reliably and efficiently, allowing for emergency patients to be seen as a matter of urgency, within the current government and RCVS guidelines.”