COVID 19

These are challenging times, having all been through a summer of fires and hailstorms in 2020, and now a
worldwide health emergency. It is impossible to know the impact that his virus will have on
Canberra, let alone our pets.

Kaleen Veterinary Hospital cares deeply about the wellbeing of our patients, clients and staff. Our
standard practice is obviously to maintain high standards of cleanliness and disinfection in our
hospital, and we have reviewed our protocols and procedures to make sure they are in line with
advice from the health department and our veterinary association.

We can assure you that:

  • We will maintain our high standards of hospital in line with all current guidelines for best
    practice
  • We will increase access to alcohol-based hand rub for clients entering the clinic
  • We have upgraded our policy of hand hygiene for before and after every interaction with a
    patient or client within our clinic
  • We have upgraded the frequency with which we will clean all commonly touched objects in
    the clinic
  • We have implemented strict policies with regards to staff staying away from the clinic
    should they be experiencing suspect symptoms, had close contact with anyone testing
    positive for the virus or be returning from overseas travel

With this in mind, we ask that you consider the health and wellbeing of our staff, so they are not put
at risk and subsequently put the function of the clinic at risk. Unfortunately, we can’t provide this
essential service during home visits. So, we ask that:

  • If you are unwell and particularly if you are showing any symptoms of COVID-19 (coughing,
    fever, sore throat, lethargy or respiratory distress), please stay at home. We are still very
    happy to see our patients of course but urge you to have someone else to bring them to the
    clinic. If you cannot find someone else to bring your pet, please call us so we can help to find
    a suitable solution.
  • Please sanitise your hands at the door before you enter the clinic.
  • Wherever possible, please only have one person accompany the animal to the clinic. Leave
    children at home or in the car or outside where you can, so we are reducing the number of
    people contacting each other as much as possible.
  • When you arrive at the clinic, if possible, phone us to let us know you have arrived. Once we
    are ready to see you, we will either call you or come to get you.
  • You please practice social distancing once you are in the clinic.
  • If possible we request that you please wear a mask while inside the clinic.

These are unprecedented times and we all need to look after each other so that the risk we pose to
others and the risk posed to us is minimized. If we can follow all these guidelines, hopefully we will
be able to continue to look after our precious patients through these difficult times.