Veterinarians: Resources for Stationary Clinics

In order to provide the best care for animal patients, it is the responsibility of veterinary practices to minimize the risks associated with the spread of infectious and zoonotic diseases. The establishment of a Biological Risk Management (BRM) program, with practical approaches designed for individual facilities, can help identify the potential risks within a clinic before they become problems.

Importance of BRM to Veterinary Practitioners

The implementation of BRM protocols are a practical precaution for any veterinary practice. A well designed plan will:

  • Optimize patient care by reducing the threat of infectious and nosocomial disease.
  • Help reduce the risk and spread of zoonotic disease. This is especially relevant to high risk groups (e.g. immunocompromised, pregnant, children, elderly).
  • Reduce the risk of liability and financial loss due to disease outbreaks.
  • Prepare for foreign animal diseases and the emergence of novel pathogens.
  • Reduce the risk of antimicrobial resistance.
  • Promote public health.
  • Develop skills and knowledge of infectious disease control among staff members.

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