Guidelines for veterinary personal biosecurity
From Hendra virus to Q fever and Australian bat lyssavirus, Australian veterinary staff have an increased risk of contracting zoonotic infections due to their level of contact with sick animals.
The AVA's comprehensive resource on preventing zoonotic infections has been updated. It details the zoonotic diseases present in Australia, and how veterinary staff can incorporate routine procedures in their daily work that help keep them healthy and well.
The second edition of Guidelines for Veterinary Personal Biosecurity provides the latest information about infection control, how to deal with high risk situations, and is equally relevant to veterinary practices of all types.
New additions for the second edition include additional information about emerging threats such as Q fever and MRSA in veterinary settings (see Appendix 3). Content has been edited to communicate key messages more clearly, and resources produced that summarise the important points for small animal practice as well as large animal or mixed practice.
The guidelines include a modifiable Word document that can be used to create an individual infection control plan for every veterinary practice in Australia.
The handy resources provide simple graphical reference points for key infection control messages relevant to all veterinarians and veterinary personnel. Print them off, keep them handy and post them where everyone can see them!
- Resource 1a - How to protect yourself from animal diseases (large animal and mixed practice)
- Resource 1b - How to protect yourself from animal diseases (small animal practice)
- Resource 2 - Hand hygiene
- Resource 3 - Putting on and removing personal protective equipment
- Resource 4 - Gloves
- Resource 5 - Vehicle and low risk site visit checklist
- Resource 6 - High risk site visit checklist
- Resource 7 - PPE for dental and obstetric procedures
Download the AVA's Guidelines for Veterinary Personal Biosecurity (second edition)
Download the Model infection control plan for veterinary practices (second edition)
You might like to view our video of how to safely put on and take off full personal protective equipment - Suit up! Personal protective equipment for veterinarians
Thank you to our sponsor Ceva Animal Health for supporting this project.