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Resources for veterinary teams

Building infection control, prevention, and biosecurity protocols

Practice biosecurity tracker
Use this self-assessment tool to track your progress toward optimal infection and disease control in your practice.

Protecting pets from hospital-acquired infections
This short video highlights five simple ways to improve your patient care and decrease the chance of transmitting diseases to the people and pets in your practice.

A champion for your practice: Your infection control practitioner
Assigning a staff member to champion the development of implementation of your infection control, prevention, and biosecurity program, is an important step to upping your game.

Phone triage checklist: Identifying-risk patients
Print out this checklist for your staff to use when scheduling appointments or triaging potentially infectious in-coming patients.

Infection control roles and responsibilities
It takes the whole team to keep the hospital clean and your patients safe. Here’s a short worksheet to help you determine roles and responsibilities.

Antimicrobial spectrum of disinfectants and Characteristics of selected disinfectants
These two quick-reference tables will guide you to select the appropriate disinfectant to kill common pathogens found in veterinary hospitals.

Staff training

5 ways diseases are spread
To effectively control and prevent the spread of disease in your hospital, it’s important to understand the various ways pathogens are transmitted. This handout will help introduce these concepts to your team.

9 common disinfection mistakes
During staff training and coaching on infection control expectations and protocols, pay attention to these common mistakes.

5 disinfection myths
Be sure your staff can bust these myths!

Keep it clean: Infection control and biosecurity in veterinary medicine
This concise booklet shares compelling numbers that further emphasize the importance of ICPB in your practice.

How to clean an exam room:

How to clean a cage:

Other resources

American Association of Feline Practitioners/American Animal Hospital Association basic guidelines of judicious therapeutic use of antimicrobials (2014)
The Basic Guidelines to Judicious Therapeutic Use of Antimicrobials are designed to provide information to aid practicing companion animal veterinarians in choosing appropriate antimicrobial therapy to best serve their patients and to help minimize the development of antimicrobial resistance

Compendium of veterinary standard precautions for zoonotic disease prevention in veterinary personnel
Courtesy of the National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians and the Veterinary Infection Control Committee – 2015.

Infection prevention and control best practices for small animal veterinary clinics
Courtesy of the Canadian Committee on Antibiotic Resistance – 2008.

Maddie’s infection control manual for animal shelter resources
Courtesy of the Center for Food Security & Public Health.

Handwashing image
Courtesy of the Department of Occupational and Environmental Health, College of Public Health at the University of Iowa.

Resources for pet owners

5 ways to keep your pets disease-free
Many diseases can be spread to people from pets, but your veterinary healthcare team is trained in how to keep pets from contracting diseases in their hospital. Here are five ways you can decrease the risk of disease transmission at home so you can protect your pets and your human family members!