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Guidelines and Implementation Toolkits

No matter how clean you think your hospital is, there’s always room for improvement. If there are pathogens lurking, you could be putting your patients, clients, team members, and professional reputation at risk.

The 2018 AAHA Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity Guidelines have been developed to help veterinary professionals maintain truly clean and safe environments and reduce the risk of hospital-acquired infections.

These first-of-their-kind guidelines are useful for every veterinary hospital and feature:

  • SOPs pertaining to cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, identifying high-risk patients, managing contagious patients in isolation, and much more
  • An engaging training video that will empower staff to ensure a safe environment for your patients and team
  • A self-assessment biosecurity tracker to help you to monitor your progress towards optimal infection disease control in your practice
  • Valuable staff educational materials, including a process for elevating key team members to become “infection control practitioners”
  • Helpful tables, including:
    • Antimicrobial Spectrum of Disinfectants
    • Characteristics of Selected Disinfectants
    • Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and Clinical Indications
    • Recommended Cleaning and Disinfection Frequency for Common Environmental Surfaces in Veterinary Practices
    • Procedures for Performing a Necropsy

The 2018 AAHA Infection Control, Prevention, and Biosecurity Guidelines are supported by an educational grant from Virox Animal Health™.



These guidelines were subjected to a formal external review process.

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