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To: Lawmakers & Veterinary Practice Employers
Keep Veterinary Workers Safe During COVID-19
Veterinary professionals deserve to be safe on the job and adequately compensated for their efforts to keep our pets safe and healthy during the COVID-19 pandemic. These essential professionals must receive appropriate hazard pay, adequate safety protections, additional paid leave, and access to safety committees. All essential workers deserve to be adequately compensated for helping to keep our communities safe, and veterinary professionals are no different.
Why is this important?
Veterinary professionals across the country — from veterinary technicians and veterinarians to other staff critical to animal hospital operations — are on the frontline in helping our communities and pets feel safe and supported as we all grapple with the effects of COVID-19. These essential professionals deserve to be safe on the job and adequately compensated for their efforts to keep our pets safe and healthy during this pandemic.
In this time of crisis, too many of our essential workers have been subject to unsafe and unsanitary working conditions, inadequate pay, and inflexible leave policies that put their personal health and safety, as well as the health and safety of the greater community at risk. When veterinary staff are put in harm’s way, so are our country’s pets.
--- Hazard pay of at least 20 percent over base hourly wage to compensate for the increased risks these workers face due to COVID-19
--- Adequate safety protections, including necessary equipment such as masks, gloves, and sanitizer to keep both workers and clients safe and minimize community transmission
--- Safety subcommittees at all hospitals that can quickly adjust hospital policies and protocols to match current CDC-recommended practices. These committees should be made up of representatives of both workers and management.
--- At least two weeks of additional paid leave to ensure that workers can appropriately respond to the COVID-19 risk to themselves and their families. Workers should not be forced to use already allocated PTO.
In this time of uncertainty and stress, our veterinary workers continue to show up at work every day and care for our country’s pets. All essential workers deserve to be adequately compensated for helping to keep our communities safe, and veterinary professionals are no different.