COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

Many questions you may have are addressed in the FAQ for Students and other sections of the University’s COVID-19 response page. Please review these pages, which are updated frequently.

The following additional questions have been posed by veterinary students, or may address issues specific to the Veterinary School:

Will students be permitted to enter the veterinary college between March 23 and April 3?

Unless directed otherwise by the Board of Regents or University President, the college will remain open, and will be accessible to all of our community, including students. However, as noted in other communications and above, face-to-face instruction will not be offered in VM 1-3 courses, and students who leave Ames for Spring break are encouraged to remain in their home communities. Students who choose to enter the college are encouraged to follow CDC and IDPH guidance regarding limiting your own risk, and others’ risk associated with COVID-19 and similar illnesses.

Do the changes and limitations in course activities announced by President Wintersteen apply to the veterinary college?

Yes. However, the college has been granted permission to continue to offer clinical instruction face-to-face in fourth year clinical rotations.

Will the changes in course delivery affect academic time-line, including time-line to graduation?

No, the currently announced changes will not influence the academic time-line overall, or time-line to graduation. The Board of Regents’ response to the COVID-19 outbreak could lead to future adjustments.

In addition to traditional classroom lectures, will live animal surgery laboratories be continued?

No. As is the case for all VM 1-3, graduate course, and undergraduate course laboratories, for the two week period following spring break no previously scheduled live animal surgery laboratories (such as in VCS 394 and 451) will be performed. Course instructors responsible for those laboratories will be providing alternate learning experiences through the same on-line delivery mechanisms as for other traditional classroom lectures during that time.