As you may already be aware, the Omicron variant recently reached the U.S. and California specifically. While there have not been any recent changes to our protocols at this time, we ask for your patience and understanding should we need to return to curbside temporarily as a result of the rapidly spreading Omicron variant. This would be for your protection and it would not be a decision made lightly as it was quite challenging and a last resort.

We’d also like to remind you that masking at the hospital is required by the State of California at least thru January 15th.  Masks are also required by the schools that we work with to educate budding veterinary professionals and build our team. OCVMC partners with veterinary and veterinary technicians schools to provide important hands-on learning for students of our profession. As part of this partnership, we must maintain a “mask-up” policy within our hospital. This applies to clients and staff no matter their vaccine status, and if we violate this requirement, it can result in students being pulled out our hospital for their rotations for school. Continuing education is critical for our team, so it’s crucial that we follow these guidelines — and we ask for your continued help in staying compliant.

Furthermore, we cannot socially distance ourselves in our examination rooms, and if a staff member gets sick (even if vaccinated), they have to take time off until they receive a negative COVID test (a requirement of Cal/OSHA) or ten days. This would jeopardize our ability to provide timely care for our patients, especially if it’s a doctor who gets sick. Additionally, not everyone in the building may be vaccinated at the time of your visit (especially young children), and your masking can help to protect them.

Your efforts allow us to continue providing in-office care, while most other hospitals are still only able to offer curbside care. Thank you, as always, for your continued cooperation!