COVID-19 Information

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

NOTE: Iowa State University will resume face-to-face instruction for the fall 2020 semester. In a letter to the campus community, Iowa State President Wendy Wintersteen announced several initiatives recommended by Iowa State's Executive Committee on Fall Planning. Note from CVM

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

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

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

7/6/2020: VM4 FAQs

6/29/2020: Note to VM4 Students Returning to CVM

6/29/2020: Faculty Note Regarding Return of VM4 Students to CVM

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

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

6/11/2020: Preparing to Resume Clinical Instruction 

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

4/23/2020: Wearing face masks in CVM. Note

4/17/2020: Class of 2021-Timeline for your return to Ames Note

4/17/2020: Impact on ISU CVM Applicants Note

4/15/2020: VM4 Curriculum Implementation Plan - Class of 2021. Plan

4/14/2020: "Virtual" Out of the Darkness Walk Note

4/12/2020: CVM Operations Update

4/10/2020: Plan for Delivering 4th Year Instruction to the Class of 2021. Plan

4/6/2020: Update to LVMC Clients. Update

4/6/2020: Update for rDVMs. Update

4/5/2020: CVM Operations Update

4/1/2020: Offering Options to 4th Year CVM Students Memo

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

3/29/2020: CVM Pass/No Pass Grading Policy Note

3/29/2020: CVM Operations Update

3/26/2020: LVMC Update to rDVMs from Dr. Stephanie West. Update

3/26/2020: Discontinuation of Blocks 47-52 for the Class of 2020. Memo

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

3/20/2020: CVM Operations Update.

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

3/18/2020: Virtual instruction extended through end of spring semester, all events including Graduation, cancelled. Note

3/17/2020: Adjustments in Fourth Year Instruction. Memo

3/17/2020: Use of CVM Facilities. Memo

3/17/2020: The Gentle Doctor Cafe and the Vet Med Library are closed until further notice.

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

3/17/2020: The College of Veterinary Medicine is asking all departments and units to accommodate flexible working arrangements to maintain university operations while maximizing social distancing – a CDC mitigation strategy to reduce the transmission of COVID-19 cases. Supervisors within the College of Veterinary Medicine are directed to implement the following procedures:

  • All employees who are able to work remotely, as determined by their supervisors, are to work remotely.
  • The same directive applies to all graduate students and post-docs, and undergraduate student workers.
  • All meetings that can be virtualized should be virtualized, even one-on-one meetings with colleagues having offices or laboratories in close proximity.
  • The main CVM entrance is locked but the front desk will continue to be staffed from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Individuals who are expecting visitors essential to the operation of Iowa State University should call 294-1250 to inform the front desk the time of the visitor’s arrival. Dean Grooms Note & Guidance from the Provost Office 

3/16/2020: Based on the current situations, the following changes in operations are being implemented immediately:

  • Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center - Effective immediately, the small and large animal hospitals will only see patients when it is critical to the health of the animal or the economic viability of the client. Additionally, no clients will be allowed inside the hospital. Upon arrival, clients will contact the hospital and the LVMC will bring the patient inside the facility and then consult via phone with the client.
  • Veterinary Field Services - Veterinary Field Services will continue to see patients when it is critical to the health of the animal or the economic viability of the client.
  • Veterinary Pathology-Veterinary Pathology will continue to provide pathology services.
  • Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory -The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is still operating under a normal schedule. Note

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

3/14/2020: Non-essential domestic travel note to 4th year students. Note

3/13/2020: Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Announcement

3/12/2020: Note to CVM students regarding 4th year preceptorships. Note

3/12/2020: Note to CVM students regarding switch to online classroom instruction from March 23 to April 3. Note

3/12/2020: Memo to CVM faculty on delivering online lecture content. Memo

3/12/2020: The Lloyd Veterinary Medical Center will remain open while Iowa State University classes are taught online. Announcement

3/11/2020: Iowa State University is moving all classes online beginning Monday, March 23 and continuing through April 3, 2020. The university will reassess the situation during the week of March 30. The period of online instruction may be extended if conditions warrant.

3/9/2020: The Board of Regents is extending the 30-day international travel ban by seven days each Monday, effective March 9, until conditions improve.

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