CORONAVIRUS UPDATE: The NC State Veterinary Hospital is seeing only emergency patients until further notice.

Veterinary Hospital Changes Reduce Risk While Continuing Care

COVID-19 Updates: Important Information for Veterinary Hospital Clients and Animal Owners

*Updated May 14 to reflect mask protocol for clients

Current Veterinary Hospital Service During COVID-19

To help keep staff, doctors, animals and clients safe while continuing to provide critical patient care, the NC State Veterinary Hospital is taking additional precautionary measures and limiting cases at the hospital.

Effective immediately and until further notice, each veterinary hospital service area will only see emergency and urgent care patients. The hospital will be operating with limited personnel. 

At this time only hospital personnel will be allowed inside all areas of the hospital complex until further notice. Veterinary hospital staff will continue to meet emergency clients in the parking area closest to the building associated with their specific service and bring those animals in for care. Effective immediately, all clients dropping off animals for care are required to wear a protective mask. 

For more information and to contact specific service areas click here.

Animals and Coronavirus: Frequently Asked Questions

Should I be concerned about pets or other animals and COVID-19?

There have now been hundreds of thousands of documented COVID-19 cases in humans around the world. Despite this, there have been only a handful of cases where this infection has been found in pets. For this reason there is currently a very low risk that the virus causing COVID-19 can spread from human to animal, and there is no evidence that it can spread from a pet to humans.

Though the virus appears to have emerged from an animal source, the Centers for Disease Control says there is no reason to think that any animals in the United States might be a source of infection with this new coronavirus.

Should I avoid contact with pets or other animals if I am sick with COVID-19?

If you are sick with COVID-19, you should restrict contact with pets and other animals, just as you would for people. That includes avoiding petting, snuggling, being kissed or licked or sharing food.

If possible, the CDC recommends having another member of your household care for your animals if you are sick with COVID-19.

Since animals can spread other diseases to people, it’s always a good idea to wash your hands after being around animals.

I’ve seen recent reports of some cases of tigers and domestic cats testing positive with SARS-CoV-2 in the United States. What do I need to know?

Health officials are aware of these recent documented cases of tigers and domestic cats in New York. The USDA provides the following information about each of those specific cases:

Tigers at the Bronx Zoo:

Domestic Cats in New York:

More Resources for Information About COVID-19 and Animals:

Centers for Disease Control:

World Health Organization:

American Veterinary Medical Association:

United States Department of Agriculture:

More Stories of Support Through COVID-19

CVM Face Mask Brigade has Veterinary Hospital Support All Sewn Up

Over just a few weeks, volunteers across the CVM — ranging from veterinary technicians and clinicians to faculty, administrative leadership and their families — have created nearly 400 cotton cloth face masks for the group of CVM faculty and staff working on emergency cases. Read More

Combating Coronavirus: NC State CVM Provides Medical Equipment to Hospitals

The NC State Veterinary Hospital recently provided two ventilators and other vital medical supplies in high demand, including masks, to the UNC School of Medicine and its hospitals, part of the widening fight to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus COVID-19 and effectively treat those infected. Read More

New Online Learning Tools for All Ages from the CVM

In this month of quarantine and social distancing, the power of human connection is clear. We want to see each other and talk to each other. We want to share laughter and knowledge and support. The CVM recently created some new learning resources, series of educational videos. This is a virtual tool for budding veterinarians and especially for teachers and parents looking for new resources to share with their students and children as part of distance learning. Read More