Infection Control in Small Animal Practice | Centre for Veterinary Education

Infection Control in Small Animal Practice

Preventing the spread of communicable infectious diseases is a major challenge and growing concern in all veterinary practices.

The ultimate responsibility in biosecurity rests with veterinarians who need to ensure the safety of their patients, staff and owners/clients. Recent outbreaks of serious diseases such as Q fever within small animal practices, swine brucellosis in pig hunting dogs and spread of antibiotic resistant pathogens, has sharpened the focus on practices and procedures required to prevent the known and unknown diseases presented to the small animal practitioner. This presentation will provide a practical approach to assist veterinarians to develop/revise and implement improved infection prevention and control practices in their hospitals and highlight available resources to support their continued improvement.

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, you will:

  • Develop an understanding of the procedures, products and diligence required to prevent and control communicable infectious agents of disease as part of daily veterinary practice
  • Appraise the role of hand hygiene and personal protective equipment in the daily activities of small animal veterinary practice
  • Assess and apply the principles of infection control to develop a defendable system for your unique veterinary practice


Thursday 6 - Friday 21 July 2017
Delivered Online


BVSc MVS PhD MASM MASID GradCertEducStud IVASCertAcup.

Jacqui is an Associate Professor and veterinary microbiologist who is passionate about providing clinically relevant infectious disease courses for veterinary students, veterinary practitioners and companion animal breeders that are centred on the relationship between host, pathogen and environment and how each is involved in the development of disease in animals (including humans).

She is involved in developing the structure, content and governance of the new Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) curriculum, which started in 2015. Her research reflects a broad interest in infectious and non-infectious diseases. This includes: Development of diagnostics and treatments for companion animal viral diseases  (especially Feline Infectious Peritonitis, Feline Calicivirus, Feline immunodeficiency virus, Canine Parvovirus, Canine Distemper virus); Q fever  (how common is it in the veterinary personnel and animal owners, what are the risk factors for exposure? What role do companion animals play?); Multi-resistant Staphylococcus species – what role do these Staphylococcus species play in animal disease in Australia, what are the preventable risk factors and the risks to health in human communities; and Chronic Renal Disease in domestic and zoo Felids - development of strategies for early diagnosis, targeted treatments and prevention.

Course Fees

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*Members include: Practice, Professional, Part-time, Recent Graduate, Academic and Student members

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