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Veterinary Hazards: Staff Safety in Clinics and Practices

Veterinary Hazards: Staff Safety in Clinics and Practices

Veterinary practices are more high risk than other types of workplaces like offices and shops. Hazardous waste, prescription medicines, unpredictable animals, and exposure to pathogens are potentially daily occurrences for veterinary nurses and other staff working in the clinic.

As the owner, manager, infection control nurse, or health and safety officer of a veterinary practice, it’s your responsibility to identify hazards and potential hazards to take reasonable steps to keep people on the premises safe, in accordance with the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.

Here are some of the main hazards you should be aware of in a veterinary practice.

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Health and Safety in a Veterinary Practice: UK Guidance

Health and Safety in a Veterinary Practice: UK Guidance

The HSE basics for health and safety compliance set out straightforward guidelines on what needs to be considered in the workplace. Here’s how these basics might apply to veterinarians.

We cover a lot of best practices for infection control, a large component of veterinary health and safety in our article Veterinary Infection Control Guidelines and Best Practices.

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How to Choose the Right Veterinary Wound Dressings

How to Choose the Right Veterinary Wound Dressings

Proper dressing and bandaging of wounds on animals help to control infection and speed up the healing process. Bandages should be applied with even pressure and coverage and should fit snuggly to the animal’s body, firm enough to stay in place while the animal moves around, but not so tight as to cause discomfort or limit essential blood supply to the area.

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Veterinary Infection Control Guidelines and Best Practices

Veterinary Infection Control Guidelines and Best Practices

If you own or run a veterinary clinic it’s critical that your whole team is aware of hygiene and infection control guidelines and best practices to ensure you are meeting the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme criteria. This will help you to demonstrate that you’re taking the right level of responsibility to keep your staff, clients, and patients safe. 

The Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons is the UK governing body on best practices in the veterinary sector. Download their extensive audit of infection control best practices for a thorough understanding of what needs to be considered. Here, we’ve covered the basic essentials.

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A Guide to Veterinary Cleaning Products

A Guide to Veterinary Cleaning Products

Cleaning protocols in a veterinary practice must be strictly followed by all members of staff in order to break the cycle of infection and neutralise the possibility of cross-contamination in all areas of the practice.

The RCVS Code of Professional Conduct for Veterinary Surgeons states that “Veterinary surgeons must maintain minimum practice standards equivalent to the Core Standards of the RCVS Practice Standards Scheme.” If your practice has to undergo an assessment you need to be able to show that adequate disinfecting protocols are in place.

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The 3 Aims of First Aid in Animals and The Law

The 3 Aims of First Aid in Animals and The Law

Pet first aid can be carried out by anyone when there is an emergency. If you are a pet owner and your pet is in a critical condition you might be able to keep things under control until you can get the animal to a vet, significantly increasing the animal’s chances of recovery and survival. 

But there are some things that only a vet is qualified to do, and some things that are against the law unless you are a licensed vet. In this article, we’ll go through the three aims and four rules of animal first aid, and what can and cannot be done to help an animal if you are untrained or unlicensed.

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Cat First Aid: What to do in an Emergency

Cat First Aid: What to do in an Emergency

Cat owners are likely used to living with an animal that enjoys his or her own space from time to time. But when a critical moment strikes your cat will need you more than ever. Being prepared for the possibility of an injury or illness is the best thing you can do for your cat. 

This guide will explain the basics of cat first aid to help you support your cat in the moments before it can be seen by a vet.

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What should be included in a pet's first aid kit?

An animal first-aid kit contains veterinary essentials that can help treat common accidents or aid in unexpected emergencies. Where some injuries require professional veterinary assistance, every pet owner should own a pet first aid kit for injuries and problems that are treatable from home, or when access to a professional isn’t available. We have put together this blog with information on the necessary items for your pet's first aid kit. 

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