January 15, 2022 Limited Hours Continue
Our limited hours (as listed below) will continue for the week of January 17-22. If your appointment was booked for 5pm or later we have reached out to reschedule.
However, we are pleased to have enough of our team back that we will be seeing preventative care appointments again this week. Please understand that the situation can change very quickly though, so keep an eye on this page, and confirm your appointment before coming in. Thank you for your support and understanding!
January 10, 2022 Limited Hours and Appointments due to COVID-19
Like many businesses, we are currently experiencing staffing shortages due to COVID-19. As a result we now have to limit our hours of operation and the types of appointments that we are seeing. For the week of January 10-15, our new hours are:
9am to 5pm Monday to Friday (closed 1-3pm Wednesday)
8am to 2pm Saturday
Staff levels and our capacity to remain open and see appointments are likely to continue changing frequently. Please check this page before every visit to our clinic – any temporary COVID-19 hours changes will be updated on this COVID update page, on Google, and via a sign on our front door. Please do not rely on the normal hours of operation displayed in the footer of our website and on our Contact page, as those can not be quickly updated with every temporary change.
As our appointment and surgery capacity is now significantly reduced, we are in the process of rescheduling all “healthy pet” preventative care appointments (such as annual exams and vaccines), so that we can still see sick pets and urgent appointments and surgeries. If you have an appointment booked this week, please monitor your email/voicemail for an update, and reach out to us for confirmation before coming in if you are unsure if your pet’s appointment will be affected.
If you have a medication or food order ready and waiting for pickup, we recommend picking it up as soon as you are able, in case additional team members become affected and we need to further reduce our hours.
If you need to order food for your pet, if possible please use our online webstore, and select the home delivery option.
To reach us please use email whenever possible, as we have limited team members working in the clinic, and phone hold times may be long.
Thank you for your patience and understanding, and stay safe!
CURRENT POLICY HIGHLIGHTS
(see below for additional details & procedures):
Our Doors Closed Hearts Open policy remains in effect to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and we are only able to allow PETS inside the clinic. (We make a compassionate exception for euthanasia).
Our front doors will remain locked during business hours – please call us at 416-538-8387 when you arrive. If possible, wait in your car until we ask you to meet us at the door. Please put your mask on over your nose and mouth before our team members come outside to serve you.
Please be sure to complete our MANDATORY online pre-appointment concerns & symptoms form or day of surgery admission form BEFORE coming in.
Please be kind to our team – operating under these restrictions is difficult for us as well.
We are taking these precautions to ensure we can stay open to help pets in need. Our team is so specialized and works so closely together that if we have a single COVID-19 exposure, almost the full team will be exposed and have to quarantine, closing the clinic for 2 weeks. This has already happened once, and we want to prevent it happening again.
For the safety of our team and the community, we ask that you not come to the clinic if:
- You are experiencing symptoms of any contagious illness, especially fever, cough or respiratory difficulties
- You are within the 14-day self-quarantine period following any travel outside of Canada,
- You have been advised to self-isolate, or
- You live with or have been exposed to anyone that falls in one of these categories.
If any of these statements describe your situation, please try to have a friend or family member bring your pet in instead. If this is not possible, reach out to us by phone so that we can make a plan together for your pet. For everyone’s protection, we are applying these rules to our staff members too.
Current Procedures and Requests:
Help us serve you and your pets better during these unusual times!
- Call in advance for food and medication pick-ups, so we can have those waiting for you. Phone us when you arrive and we will meet you at the door with them.
- Payments: We can take credit card payments over the phone, or can bring a portable debit terminal to you at the door. Please avoid paying by cash whenever possible.
- Call us from your car or outside when you arrive for your pet’s appointment. We will come to the door to collect your pet from you (or escort you both in if you are fully vaccinated and masked and would prefer to accompany your pet inside). If you are completing your pet’s appointment curbside, the doctor or technician will phone you during your pet’s exam.
- Please complete our online pre-appointment form before exams, our surgery admission form before surgical drop-offs, and our technician pre-appointment form for Registered Veterinary Technician appointments, and ensure you have a fully charged cell phone with you so that we can speak with you while we are examining your pet. Alternatively you can return home and we can speak with you on your home phone.
- Dress yourself and your pets for the weather! If you don’t have a car to wait in, dress warmly if it’s cold, and bring an umbrella if rain is in the forecast. Be sure your pup has a jacket if necessary, and your cats have blankets in their carriers to keep warm, and over their carriers to make the sights and sounds on the sidewalk less scary.
- Order your pet’s food and supplies online via our WebStore, and take advantage of our home delivery option – especially if you are feeling ill or have traveled recently. We pay for FREE home delivery by Purolator for orders over $100 before tax, and delivery is only $10 for smaller orders. Just ask us to register you, or create an account for yourself right now at www.myvetstore.ca/roncy.
Original March 13, 2020 COVID-19 Statement:
How Roncy Village Veterinary Clinic is Responding to COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Concerns
As concerns arise surrounding the development of COVID-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to assure all of our clients that we are closely monitoring the situation and taking steps to minimize the risk of transmission of this, or any other seasonal illness, to our clients and team members.
Working in a veterinary hospital environment, with both people and animals entering our workspace regularly, disease transmission and limiting the risk for the spread of contagious illness is something that we have always taken very seriously. In fact, the hospital disinfectant that we have used diligently for many years kills Coronavirus among numerous other bacteria and viruses that are relevant to our specific veterinary environment. We would, therefore, like to take this opportunity to inform our clients of the various steps that we have taken and will continue to take, as well as new and specific measures that we are adopting in order to minimize the risk to you and your pet when visiting our clinic, in order to keep you both healthy and safe.
WHAT WE HAVE ALWAYS DONE
Disinfecting Exam Rooms: After every use of an exam room, the exam table is wiped down on all surfaces with a disinfectant that kills both bacteria and viruses relevant to our veterinary environment. Floors are swept and when soiled, mopped, also with a disinfectant. This same disinfectant which will continue to be in use also has labeled effectiveness against Coronavirus.
Disinfecting the Floor: At the end of each day, our floors are thoroughly mopped with disinfectant.
Disinfecting Equipment: Any equipment that gets used during the course of an appointment is thoroughly wiped down with disinfectant prior to its next use. Any equipment used during the course of a surgical procedure is thoroughly cleaned with a disinfectant prior to being either autoclaved (high temperature/high-pressure sterilization) or gas sterilized (using ethylene oxide) prior to its next usage.
Practice Good Hygiene: All team members wash their hands thoroughly after handling any patient, whether that patient is sick or not. We also make hand sanitizer available for clients at our reception desk to use at their own discretion.
Practice Appropriate Self-Isolation: As with many other businesses, when team members are sick with symptoms of any illness, they are encouraged to remain home in order to not infect either clients or others in their work environment.
Isolate Patients With Known Contagious Illness: Whenever we have a patient arrive with a known or suspected contagious illness, we ensure that they are brought directly into an exam room (if one is available), rather than being asked to sit in the reception area until their appointment time.
Quarantining Exam Rooms: When a patient presents with an illness or suspected illness that is contagious to other animals (which COVID-19, Human Coronavirus is not) the entire exam room and all surfaces in it are wiped down with a disinfectant and the room is taken out of use for 24 hours.
Online Purchase of Food and Products: We have a very robust webstore, through which any food or product that we sell in-clinic, as well as thousands of others can be purchased and delivered directly to your door if you are feeling unwell and unable to come into the clinic. Please ask us if you would like us to set up an account to take advantage of this service.
Review and Adapt: As new and better disinfectant products become available, or as new infectious agents emerge and become relevant, we are constantly reviewing and adapting our disinfection protocol to stay current and keep our hospital environment as safe as it can be.
NEW STEPS WE ARE TAKING
Hand Hygiene: We are kindly requesting that every client who visits us either washes their hands or uses the hand sanitizer provided at our reception desk, upon arriving at the clinic.
Increased Cleaning and Disinfecting: All surfaces or objects that are handled frequently (doorknobs, countertops, etc.) will now be wiped down with a disinfectant multiple times daily and tracked internally for consistency.
Alternate Care Options: We are currently investigating with the College of Veterinarians of Ontario what flexibility we have in relation to providing care for patients who may not be able to attend the clinic directly because their owners are ill. There are some options that enable us to provide certain care in this setting already, and we will continue to work to make any and all options available to our clients in order to continue to provide care for you and your four-legged friends, within our regulatory framework.
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Stay Home If You’re Sick: If you’re feeling unwell or experiencing symptoms of any contagious illness, including Coronavirus, please inform us as soon as possible so that we can reschedule your appointment. Alternatively, you may find a friend or family member that is able to bring your pet in for their scheduled appointment.
Help Us Build New Community Norms Around Hygiene: Our best defense against all infectious diseases is to modify our hygiene practices, both individually and as a collective.
Ask Us Your Questions: Our team is committed to supporting the health and well being of your pet within an environment that is safe for both them and for you. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to any of our team members if you have questions about our hospital policies and protocols as they relate to these issues.
Your friends at Roncy Village Veterinary Clinic