New Covid-19 Policy for Blue Ridge Equine Clinic
 To All of Our Clients and Neighbors,
Blue Ridge Equine Clinic will be changing our operations in response to Governor Northam’s stay at home order. Veterinarians, thankfully, are deemed essential and are being allowed to continue to provide necessary care for their patients by the state so Blue Ridge will be able to continue to be there for all of your horse’s time sensitive and critical needs. However, as members of the public health team we will be striving to limit contact as much as possible in order to be socially responsible and limit the risk of contributing to the spread of the coronavirus. This will be a team effort in which you, as horse owners, will play a crucial role. Please call us with any questions about your horses health, but be aware that we will be triaging care such that if your horse is not in immediate danger or in pain we may ask you to schedule your appointment for a later date. On the advice of state veterinarians, we will continue to vaccinate horses to ensure that we don’t put horses at risk for the many diseases that they face especially during the spring and summer months.
When we do come to your farm, we ask that you limit the number of people in the barn to as few as possible for your protection, our protection and the protection of the rest of the community. We will be wearing appropriate protective equipment, and whenever possible have one of our team members holding the horses to enable everyone to keep a safe distance. We will be thorough, but we will try to be as efficient as possible to limit our time on each farm to further reduce the risks.
If you have an appointment at the clinic, we will continue to ask that you stay with your vehicle once you arrive. Call the office ahead of time to let them know your expected arrival time. When you arrive, our staff will come out to help you. We will not be allowing anyone into the clinic or barn. We will be consulting with you extensively beforehand and during the procedures to make sure that it is still possible for you to contribute to the process and communicate your wishes for what you would like to be done with your horse.
We understand that this is different than how we all would like for it to be, but we ask for your patience and understanding while we all work together to get through this. We are doing everything we can to make sure we keep your horses healthy and keep our community safe. We are so thankful to every one of you for trusting us to continue to do our part in the team effort that is caring for your horse.
We hope that this will be short-lived, but beyond hoping we encourage everyone to do their part now, to help ensure that it will pass quickly. Stay home, stay safe, and be well.
Donovan Dagner, DVM
Some examples of potentially necessary care: Wounds, Colic, Eye issues, Sudden onset of lameness or painful swelling.
Some example of things that could potentially wait: routine dentistry, subtle or chronic lameness, castrations.
Please call with all your concerns and we will help you figure out what needs to be done.