COVID-19 and Companion Animals – What we know today’
WSAVA webinar to set out latest thinking and offer advice for veterinarians

The World Small Animal Veterinary Association (WSAVA) is to host a free webinar for veterinarians globally on Friday 17 April to confirm the latest knowledge on COVID-19 as it relates to companion animals. Speakers Dr Vanessa Barrs, Professor of Companion Animal Health at the City University of Hong Kong; Dr Michael Lappin, Chair of the WSAVA One Health Committee and WSAVA President Dr Shane Ryan will also advise on optimal preventative care during the pandemic and on the important role veterinarians can play in promoting pet welfare and supporting the human-companion animal bond during this difficult time.
The webinar is being kindly supported by WSAVA Diamond Partner, the Purina Institute and WSAVA Industry Partner, Zoetis.
Commenting on the webinar, Dr Shane Ryan said: “The Covid-19 pandemic is causing distress and uncertainty for us all. It also poses a significant and real threat to companion animal welfare, particularly given conflicting media reports on whether pets can spread the virus. While the situation continues to evolve, we hope that our speakers can bring clarity to all veterinarians to that they can reassure their clients, their co-workers and their communities based on the evidence available. We hope our recommendations will also help them to continue to provide the highest standard of care to their patients.”
“Purina believes that pets and people both belong together, and are better together. Never has their companionship and the health benefits they bring been more important than today,” says Dr Lizzie Parker, Global Head of the Purina Institute. “Additional to providing the essential healthcare, veterinarians are also playing a critical role in providing both the facts and reassurance to their clients on COVID-19. We are very happy to support WSAVA and help bring this webinar to the global veterinary community”.
“At Zoetis, we understand that now more than ever, people are turning to their pets for the important comfort and companionship they provide,” said Dr. Eileen Ball, Global Associate Medical Director for Global Commercial Development, Companion Animal, for Zoetis. “We are committed to helping ensure access to veterinary care and that veterinarians around the world have credible information for the essential work they do to help protect the health and welfare of their animal patients.”
The webinar will take place at 14.00hrs GMT {10.00hrs (EST); 15.00hrs (London); 22.00hrs (Hong Kong)} on Friday April 17, 2020 and will later be available on the WSAVA COVID-19 resource hub. To register, please visit:
The WSAVA represents more than 200,000 veterinarians worldwide through its 113 member associations and works to enhance standards of clinical care for companion animals. Its core activities include the development of WSAVA Global Guidelines in key areas of veterinary practice, including pain management, nutrition and vaccination, together with lobbying on important issues affecting companion animal care worldwide.
Speaker biographies:
Vanessa Barrs:…/en/staff/Staff_Vanessa_Barrs.html
Michael Lappin:…/Me…/vth/904/Lappin/Michael
Shane Ryan:

Notes to editors:
The Purina Institute serves as the global voice of Purina’s science, representing more than 500 scientists and pet care experts and is responsible for sharing groundbreaking research and providing objective, fact-based information sourced from the wider scientific domain. Through partnerships and collaboration with global thought leaders such as WSAVA, the Purina Institute helps facilitate the exchange of knowledge through events and programs, with the goal of putting nutrition at the forefront of pet health discussions.
Zoetis is the leading animal health company, dedicated to supporting its customers and their businesses. Building on more than 65 years of experience in animal health, Zoetis discovers, develops, manufactures and commercializes medicines, vaccines and diagnostic products, which are complemented by biodevices, genetic tests and precision livestock farming. Zoetis serves veterinarians, livestock producers and people who raise and care for farm and companion animals with sales of its products in more than 100 countries. In 2019, the company generated annual revenue of $6.3 billion with approximately 10,600 employees. For more information, visit
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