What is it about?

This article discusses the evidence-based research for the effectiveness of face coverings in the control of the spread of COVID-19. It also focuses on the impacts of wearing face masks in the veterinary industry to staff, clients and animals. Although some veterinary practices have eased their COVID-19 face mask wearing protocols, despite face masks now not being legally required to be worn, some practices still advocate the use of them.

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Why is it important?

If you’re a pet owner, veterinary or health care professional & interested in the impacts of wearing face masks, there is useful information on what we can do to protect ourselves, clients and animals from the impacts of continued use. There is also useful tips and advice on how to navigate through mixed emotions to eased COVID-19 restrictions.


While there may be pressure to continue face coverings in the veterinary practice, I hope this article brings open discussions about the risks versus benefits of doing so. ‘Mask manners’ are important in order to help everyone feel comfortable. To keep in line with the living with COVID-19 plan, this article can help practices consider using a policy on managing face coverings on an individual basis and help how to agree whether a face mask is to be worn when working in close contact with someone.

Emma Sadler
The Veterinary Nurse

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This page is a summary of: Mask wearing in the veterinary practice, The Veterinary Nurse, May 2022, Mark Allen Group, DOI: 10.12968/vetn.2022.13.4.194.
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