Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19)

Swine veterinarians have an essential role in providing services that protect public health and swine health and welfare.

There have been no reports of livestock becoming ill with COVID-19 in the United States. However, the pandemic is impacting our practices, communities, clients, and families.  

Prioritize your health and well-being. Follow CDC's recommended steps or guidelines from your state public health department to protect yourself and others.



This page was last updated June 24, 2020.

Veterinarian Resources

Recommendations for Swine Veterinarians, AASV (April 24, 2020)

COVID-19 Resource Center for Veterinarians, American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA)

Practice Considerations

Considerations for food animal veterinarians during the COVID-19 pandemic, AVMA

Telehealth and telemedicine in veterinary practice, AVMA

PPE Conservation Strategies, FDA | Donate PPE

Enforcement Policy Regarding Federal VCPR Requirements to Facilitate Veterinary Telemedicine During the COVID-19 Outbreak, FDA

Compendium of Veterinary Standard Precautions for Zoonotic Disease Prevention in Veterinary Personnel, National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians

Legislation and Business

Veterinary practices are “essential" businesses; employee authorization letter template, AVMA

COVID-19 legislation, regulations, and relief programs for the veterinary profession, AVMA

State-Specific Resources

COVID-19 State Orders affecting veterinary practices as essential businesses, telemedicine, PPE, personnel reserves orders and opportunities, and more

Veterinary Board Actions, by State, American Association of Veterinary State Boards (AAVSB). State-by-state CE requirements, telehealth guidance.



Crisis Planning Tools and Animal Welfare Considerations

Farm Crisis Planning

Before depopulation and disposal, contact your State Animal Health Official | State Pork AssociationNatural Resources Conservation Service  

Farm Crisis Operations Planning Tool

Updated! Preparation and Planning Resources for Swine Depopulation and Disposal, National Pork Board

Mass Depopulation Planning Tools, North Carolina State University

USDA APHIS Establishing Coordination Center to Assist Producers Affected by Meat Processing Plant Closures

Animal Growth Resources, Iowa Pork Industry Center

Security Resources: Farm SMART Tips | Strengthen Farm and Plant Security | Social Media Security

Euthanasia and Depopulation

On-Farm Euthanasia of Swine English | Spanish

Veterinarian Considerations for Swine Depopulation and Disposal Checklist

Recommendations for the Depopulation of Swine (Updated June 9, 2020)

Updated! Depopulation Summary Form

AASV Position Statement: Strategies for Responding to Processing Disruption Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic (May 19, 2020)

AVMA Flowchart: Evaluating Emergency Euthanasia or Depopulation of Livestock and Poultry

AVMA Guidelines for the Euthanasia of Animals: 2020 Edition

AVMA Guidelines for the Depopulation of Animals: 2019 Edition

Updated! Swine Euthanasia and Depopulation Resources, National Pork Board

Planning for Emergency Depopulation and Disposal, National Pork Board Slides | Webinar

New! Depopulation Method AASV Member Webinars: Market Swine (June 19, 2020) | Weaned Pigs (June 22, 2020) | Additional Resources

Assembly Guide: CO2 Vaporizer

FDA Statement on the Use of Sodium Nitrite

COVID-19 Impacts on Food Production Medicine, AVMA


Updated! Swine Disposal Resources, National Pork Board

Carcass Management: USDA Carcass Management Dashboard | VCA Carcass Disposal State Resource LocaterNatural Resources Conservation Service Directory 

Funding sources: Natural Resources Conservation Service



On-Farm and Producer Resources

National Pork Board: What You Need to Know about COVID-19, including emergency planning and response resources, pork industry talking points, webinars, critical infrastructure employee authorization letter, and resources for employers.

COVID-19 Resources for the Swine Industry, Swine Disease Eradication Center, University of Minnesota

New! COVID-19 Considerations for Animal Activities at Fairs, Shows, and Other Events, CDC


Industry Resources

U.S. Pork Packing Plant Map and Operation Status, National Pork Board


Food Safety and COVID-19, FDA

Registered Disinfectants for Use Against SARS-CoV2, EPA

Critical Infrastructure Guidance

Meat and Poultry Processing Workers and Employers, Interim Guidance from CDC and OSHA

Meat and Poultry Processing Facility Assessment Toolkit, CDC

Agriculture Workers and Employers, Worker Safety and Support, Interim Guidance from CDC and US Dept of Labor

Exposed Critical Workers: Implementing Safety Practices for Critical Infrastructure Workers Who May Have Had Exposure to a Person with Suspected or Confirmed COVID-19, CDC



Find Your State: Public Health Department | Public Health Veterinarian | Animal Health OfficialNatural Resources Conservation ServicePork Association

This page was last updated June 24, 2020.