School of Veterinary Medicine - Covid-19 Updates

2020/2021 Trimester 1: Guidance for Students

The School of Veterinary Medicine has determined how teaching, learning and assessment will be conducted for the coming Autumn Trimester, in line with public health guidance.

21/08/20 - update added on important information for students returning to UCD in September

04/09/20 - UCD Guidlines for Students Returning to Campus now available

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COVID-19 & Animals

The UCD School of Veterinary Medicine has put together information on COVID-19 to answer some of the most frequently asked questions in relation to animals and the virus.

Click here to access our FAQs section.

Please see below for information and updates on Coronavirus (Covid-19) arrangements relevant to the UCD School of Veterinary Medicine:


1. Public Health Advice & Information

Regularly updated health advice and information is available from the HSE and the Department of Health.  Staff and students can keep up to date on this developing situation from both of these sources:


Dept of Health:

The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) has a dedicated Covid-19 page which includes a range of useful links, FAQs, tools and resources.  Click here to access this information.


2. Information for UCD Staff & Students

04/09/20 - important information for students available here: UCD Guide for Students Returning to Campus - September 2020

Staff and students can find up to date information from the University on the main UCD information page:

The School of Veterinary Medicine is providing regular updates to staff and students on arrangements and contingency planning specific to the School via email - please check your email regularly to ensure that you have the most up to date information. 

Information for staff will also be posted on our Google Community - staff members who require access to the Google Community should email Helen Graham, Communications Manager on

As the majority of our staff are now working remotely, the best way to contact an individual staff member is by email.  Please see our staff profiles section or the UCD Staff Directory for staff email addresses.

General contact information for the School of Veterinary Medicine is available on the 'Contact' page of our website.


3. UCD Veterinary Hospital

The UCD Veterinary Hospital is currently only seeing urgent and emergency cases referred by primary veterinarians.  This is to ensure that if your pet is seriously ill, they can be seen as soon as possible while we are also able to minimise traffic coming into the Hospital. 

Social distancing measures are in place in the Hospital and clients are asked to adhere to these measures as requested.

Please call the Hospital on (01) 716 6000 or email
if you have any concerns. 

The level of service available in the UCD Veterinary Hospital may change as this situation evolves.  Further information and updates will be posted to the UCDVH Facebook page

UCD Veterinary Hospital Annual Conference

The UCD Veterinary Hospital Annual Conference which was due to take place on 10 July has been postponed.  It is currently our intention to reschedule the Conference to later in the year - further details will follow on this as they become available. 


4. UCD Campus & Building Access

All academic buildings in UCD are secured and only accessible using out-of-hours protocols.  Information on access to the Veterinary Sciences Centre for those who need to carry out essential work for a period of time has been sent out to all staff and postgraduate students.  This information is also available on our staff Google Community - staff members who require access to the Google Community should email Helen Graham, Communications Manager on

Please note that access protocols may change over time - information will be circulated as it becomes available. 

Information on campus and building access can also be found on the UCD Estate Services website:


5. UCD COVID-19 Response

The Office of the Vice-President for Research, Innovation and Impact has launched a website collating all COVID-19-related research, innovation and supporting activities from across the University. The website also provides a broad range of COVID-19-related resources, which will be continually updated over the coming weeks and months.

Updates from members of the UCD Community on activities, innovation or research related to COVID-19 can be emailed to


Further Information & Updates

Further updates will be posted here as information becomes available.  Key information will be circulated to staff and students by email and through our staff Google Community.  Updates will also be posted on our social media channels, where appropriate: