There are special areas and circumstances in a veterinary hospital that have specific ICPB requirements.
Without effective ICPB practices implemented in the primary care and referral settings, the clinician’s efforts at disease prevention and treatment are compromised and, in some cases, nullified. Because many pathogens in the hospital environment have zoonotic potential, barriers to human exposure to animal pathogens in a clinical setting also serve to safeguard public health. Taken together, the consequences of ICPB have profound implications for clinical practice and should be of high priority.
Every veterinary practice should have a documented ICPB program . At a minimum, this should be a collection of agreed-upon basic infection control practices and accompanying SOPs, growing into a formal manual incorporating specific staff education and training, client education, surveillance, and compliance programs.