I am writing to update everyone on where we are on the ISU CVM response to COVID 19. First of all, I want to thank everyone for their hard work and patience as we do our very best to make decisions. What we are dealing with is unprecedented and dynamic. Things are changing even as I write this email. I encourage you to stay up-to-date with what is happening at ISU by frequently visiting the COVID 19 web site. Also, ISU CVM has a site with updates specific to CVM. I would also ask that you stay up-to-date with what is going on in Iowa and nationally.
What follows is a brief synopsis of where we are at CVM as of March 15 at 6 pm:
- First and foremost, the health of our students, staff and faculty are a priority. Also, doing our part to “flatten” the curve is imperative. All of us should be taking precautions to limit our exposure to COVID-19 including frequent hand washing, social distancing, avoiding large gatherings of people and staying at home if you are sick.
- I also want to remind people that COVID 19 does not discriminate and neither should we. Please reach out and show care and support to each other and continue to reject stigmas associated with this pandemic.
- VM1-3 education – Following spring break, all VM1-3 education will be delivered on line until 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. The OASA team is working with all instructors to facilitate on-line instruction. Further FAQ’s can be found online. Look for further communications to students, staff and faculty coming from Dr. Danielson and OASA.
- VM4 clinical rotations – As of now, clinical rotations for VM4 student will continue. The exception are preceptorships or rotations that are out of state. OASA will work with these students to find clinical rotations at CVM to fit into.
- Graduate student classes – Following spring break, all graduate student classes will be moved to on-line
- All Recognized Student Organization events and meetings scheduled through April 4 must be canceled, postponed, or moved online.
- As of now, the LVMC is open. Policies and procedures have been put in place to reduce risk of COVID 19 transmission.
- LVMC operations are being evaluated daily. Updates on the LVMC operations can be found online.
- Contingency plans are in place for partial or complete shutdown of the LVMC.
VETERINARY FIELD SERVICES
- As of now, VFS continues to make client calls.
- VFS operations are being evaluated daily. Updates on the VFS operations can be found online.
- As of now, the VDL is open.
- VDL operations are being evaluated daily. Updates on the VDL operations can be found online.
- Iowa State University is open and research is generally expected to continue. More information about research in the face of COVID 19 can be found online.
- All university international travel is prohibited until further notice
- All university-related non-essential domestic travel is prohibited until further notice, effective immediately. This restriction applies to university-related interstate travel.
- Travel within the state of Iowa can continue. That said, the university strongly recommends that, where possible and practical, decisions are made to reduce in-state travel, consistent with our goal of taking reasonable actions to reduce transmission risk.
I will update the community frequently as things evolve and our operations change. In the mean time, do the things necessary to keep yourself well.
Dan Grooms DVM, PhD
Dr. Stephen G. Juelsgaard Dean Of Veterinary Medicine