Governor Brown has announced that, effective July 1st, 2020, face
coverings will be required for indoor public spaces statewide.
Current data from OHSU and the University of Washington indicates a surge in
cases affecting the 20-40 year age group. This is the average age of
employees in the veterinary workforce. For these reasons, veterinary
facilities should require clients and staff in facilities to wear face
coverings and practice physical distancing to every extent possible.
Continuing to officer curbside service is strongly recommended.
These requirements and recommendations are made in hopes of
preventing another statewide shut-down
. Ideally, veterinary
staff should wear face shields if interacting with clients who enter the
facility and may be exempt from wearing face coverings. (Exempted are
children under 12 years of age and individuals with conditions that preclude
wearing a face-covering. For further information on exemptions, please go
the Oregon Health Authority website, below.) It is critical that
veterinarians remain mindful of the uncertainties of the times and be
considerate of their employees, clients and the public.
As a reminder,
- Face coverings should be worn inside the facility at
- Wash your hands every time before and after patients
and every time you touch your mask
- Maintain a 6-foot physical distance between yourself
and others whenever possible
licensed members of Oregon’s scientific community, you can significantly
influence public health and safety by supporting and reinforcing these
requirements. Please continue to monitor the Oregon Health Authority website
for updates and guidance.
GOVERNOR BROWN ORDERS FEE WAIVERS
Pursuant to authority under ORS 401.168(2) Governor Kate Brown hereby orders waiving the following fees:
- Certified Veterinary Technician, application and license fee of $35.
- Veterinary Intern, application $75, license $150.
- Initial Veterinary License, application $75, license $150.
This order is made in recognition of current economic uncertainty and to maintain the workforce and facilitate new applications for veterinary professional licenses.
It is effective immediately and will remain in place until further notice.
Applicants should complete forms available on this webpage and must meet all other requirements except for payment of fees. If unable to obtain notary services, applicants may instead include with the application a copy of a government-issued ID, such as driver’s license, school identification card, or passport.