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 third 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!

Download the AVA's Guidelines for Veterinary Personal Biosecurity (third 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

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