BOSTON — A veterinarian in Massachusetts said his hospital was not able to upgrade its accreditation in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak.

Tamar Braxton, a veterinarian at a Boston animal hospital, said she was told by a senior staff member that the facility had been accredited for the past four years but not upgraded in the years since the pandemic began.

She said she then called the office of the state’s veterinary inspector general to request further information.

“It was like a death sentence,” Braxton said.

“The staff member said, ‘This is an accredited hospital, we’re going to keep it as is.'”

Braxton said the veterinarian has asked for an extension.

“We have an ongoing concern with the accreditation process,” Braeton said.

She said the staff member did not immediately respond to a message left with the state Department of Health and Human Services.

The Department of Public Health said in a statement that it has received reports of patient and patient care issues at some of the nation’s pet hospitals.

The department also said in the statement that some of those issues, including a lack of patient isolation, lack of food and water, and lack of timely veterinary care, are not being addressed.

In a statement on its website, the department said it is “reviewing all of the reports and information we have received to identify any gaps or concerns that may impact our continued ability to ensure quality patient care.”