Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Clarifying Temporary Restrictions on Non-Essential Veterinary Procedures

04/02/2020 11:14 AM | Anonymous

Executive Order 2020-34

Gov. Whitmer just released a clarification on essential and non-essential veterinary procedures. Please see the Governor’s press release below. There is also a link to the order. MVMA advises you to use telehealth whenever possible. In other instances, this Executive Order will help to clarify. It’s important to note that each bullet point ends with the phrase, “as determined by a licensed veterinarian.” That means there is no one-size-fits-all approach, and that veterinarians should use their best judgment based on the criteria set forth by the State of Michigan. Simply put, if there’s a procedure that can be put off for a few weeks or months, please do so.

MDARD is currently working on an FAQ document that focuses primarily on equine practices. If you have a question you’d like added to that document, please email

We will continue to provide you with the latest information as soon as it becomes available. Thank you, and please stay safe and stay healthy.


Click here to view Executive Order 2020-34.


April 2, 2020 


Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Clarifying Temporary 

Restrictions on Non-Essential Veterinary Procedures 

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-34, to clarify the temporary restrictions she placed on non-essential veterinary procedures as part of Executive Order 2020-32.  

The order prohibits all non-essential veterinary procedures starting on April 2, 2020, and encourages veterinarians and veterinary technicians to practice telemedicine as much as possible to slow the spread of COVID-19. Additionally, the order directs veterinary services that use personal protective equipment (PPE) to minimize their use as much as possible to ensure availability of PPE for health care workers.  

“We are working every day to make sure our health care workers have the supplies they need to fight COVID-19,” said Whitmer. “We must all continue to work together to secure more personal protective equipment so we can slow the spread of the virus. Michiganders are tough, and if we all work together, we can protect as many people as possible.” 

Under executive order 2020-34, “non-essential veterinary services” means all non-agricultural veterinary services other than those that are necessary to preserve the life of an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian; necessary to treat serious pain that threatens the health and safety of an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian; necessary to euthanize an animal, as determined by a licensed veterinarian; or necessary to treat or prevent the transmission of any infectious disease that can be transmitted between animals and human beings, as determined by a licensed veterinarian. 

Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at and 

To view Executive Order 2020-34, click the link below:  

Michigan Veterinary Medical Association

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Okemos, MI 48864-3986



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