Innovation in a post-Covid 'new normal

16 May 2020

Clark, K.

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The proverb ‘necessity is the mother of invention’ is particularly apt at present. Whether it is Formula 1 teams producing ventilators for the NHS instead of racing cars, distillers making hand sanitiser instead of gin, or fashion houses creating personal protective equipment for healthcare workers instead of haute couture, in the space of a few weeks, businesses have adapted and innovated so they can continue to function in some form while accommodating restrictions imposed to limit the spread of Covid-19.

The veterinary profession has adapted, too. As described by BVA junior vice president James Russell on 10 May in BVA’s weekly webinar update on Covid-19, vets have stepped up when it comes to finding new ways of working while respecting social distancing rules. Farm vets have been innovative with animal handling techniques to allow most routine bovine TB testing to continue, emergency surgeries to be conducted and the spring...