COVID-19 Information

This information may update/change quickly, see resources list for the most up-to-date information.

The College of Veterinary Medicine has created a CVM specific email for individuals to ask questions, provide feedback and bring forward ideas related to COVID-19.

NOTE: Information on the number of positive COVID-19 cases of College of Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff and students is available on VetZone. The college's communications plans are detailed in these PDFs.

COVID-19 Symptoms

Symptoms may appear in as few as 2 days and as many as 14 days after exposure to the virus.

People with these symptoms or combinations of symptoms may have COVID-19:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing

Or at least two of these symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • New loss of taste or smell

This list is not all inclusive. Please consult your healthcare provider for any other symptoms that concern you. 

Prevent the Spread of Illness

  • If sick, stay home (except to get medical care)
  • Call ahead before seeking medical care
  • Separate yourself from others and animals in your home
  • Wearing a face mask is the most efficient way to reduce coronavirus transmission. PNAS paper

Follow other infection control practices

Infection Control

  • Cover nose and mouth with tissues when you cough or sneeze and throw the tissue in the trash
  • Wash hands often with soap and water. Alcohol-based hand sanitizers are also effective.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth to avoid spreading germs
  • Use sanitary wipes to disinfect work stations and areas
  • Reschedule meetings or offer to hold them via phone or e-mail

Avoid physical or close contact with others, especially sick people

CVM and University Announcements

8/31/2020: COVID-19 Update from Dean Grooms

8/31/2020: Contact Tracing and Results

8/21/2020: Dean's Message to the CVM Community

8/16/2020: Fall Semester Return Reminder

8/14/2020: Welcome Back

8/12/2020: CVM COVID-19 Response Team

8/7/2020: Class-Specific Town Hall Meetings

8/4/2020: COVID-19 Operating Procedures Information for Returning Students

7/30/2020: Update: Fall Instruction and Student Activities - 2020

7/29/2020: Clarification Regarding Face Coverings in Rounds Rooms

7/22/2020: COVID-19 Update

7/20/2020: COVID-19 Exposure Protocol

7/13/2020: Communicating Positive COVID-19 Tests to CVM Community

7/10/2020: Information About Iowa State's Fall Academic Experience from President Wintersteen and Provost Wickert

7/8/2020: Out-of-State Travel and Preceptorships

7/6/2020: VM4 FAQs

6/25/2020: An Iowa State University Community Update

6/15/2020: VM4 COVID-19 Policy Regarding Vehicles with Student Passengers

5/18/2020: Supporting Students and Ourselves

5/15/2020: Space Accommodations to Support COVID-19 Testing. 

5/8/2020: End of the Semester Message from Dean Grooms

3/31/2020: Student Counseling Services Modified Services & Resources Note

3/24/2020: Message from Dr. Amanda Fales-Williams, IVMA president. Message

3/19/2020: New Guidelines for Research and COVID-19 at Iowa State. CVM Note & Office of Research Memo

3/17/2020: How to access ISU technology resources from off-campus. ISU IT Website

3/15/2020: Note to CVM community from Dean Dan Grooms. Note

3/13/2020: Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Announcement

3/5/2020: The Board of Regents is cancelling all university-sponsored international travel for all faculty, staff and students for 30 days (including spring break) effective immediately. Recommendations and guidance will be regularly evaluated with university leadership. Updates to guidance will be provided as the situation evolves.

The University is required to maintain a safe and healthy working environment

  • If you have a fever of over 100 degrees and you have a cough, do not come to work
  • Applicable leave policies should be followed
  • If an employee is sick, concerned they were exposed, or is immunosuppressed, encourage them to contact their PCP to receive guidance, continue to communicate with their supervisor and connect with HR
  • If healthy workers are requesting to stay home, supervisors can consider vacation time off or telecommuting
  • Bringing a child to work is not recommended or advisable, and may be prohibited
  • If classes are canceled or the university closes, ISU Alert is activated
  • Supervisors of student employees are encouraged to be flexible with work schedules

COVID-19 and Related Resources

ISU’s Coronavirus Website

Animal Resources
ISU Policy Library
Keep Community, Stay Informed, Be Well Campaign
  • ISU research labs are currently continuing ‘business as usual.'
Thielen Student Health Center
Veterinary Students FAQ