Vets are calling to be added to the list of sectors who get financial support from Jersey's Government.
Currently they do not qualify for the co-payroll scheme, which allows 80% of staff wages to be funded by the States.
The support is initially being restricted to specific sectors which are significantly impacted by the crisis. These are:
- Hospitality and tourism
- Passenger transport and travel
- Rental and leasing of cars and recreational goods
- Recreation and entertainment
- Event management and event services
- Personal service activities such as hairdressers, beauticians and animal boarding
- Commercial fishing
- Private extra-curricular education such as dance and riding schools
- Non-food and non-pharmacy retail
- Advertising and marketing
The number of businesses that could potentially qualify is estimated at 1,700 with total employees of 10,500.
A petition has been started asking that veterinary practices be added to the list of businesses to receive financial support.
It argues that vets provide a vital front line service for all pets/livestock and can now only see emergency cases.
If the petition reaches 1,000 signatures, a minister will have to respond.