Infection Control for Practice Standards

1st May to 31st July 2020


Online accredited CPD for the veterinary profession!

CPD to meet RCVS Practice Standards Scheme Core and Award modules

Developed and written by Neil Forbes, Sam McMillan and Louise O'Dwyer

This online course aims to provide delegates with the principles of infection control to improve animal health and welfare and underpin the initiatives of ‘one health’.

High standards of infection control are fundamental within veterinary practice and the profession as a whole plays a vital role in improving standards, increasing public awareness and formulating strategies for the reduction of zoonosis and hospital acquired infection (HAI). Veterinary practice is moving towards higher standards of clinical governance and evidence based techniques and in November 2015 the RCVS released the revised practice standards scheme. Infection control is a core unit of the scheme and also falls within 3 of the award categories listed below:

  • Team and Professional Responsibility
  • Patient Consultation Service
  • In‐patient Service

Practices are now being encouraged to have a designated individual responsible for infection control that can review infection control policies, monitor compliance and implement the changes required to raise standards. In addition the evolving worldwide concept of ‘One Health’ aims to develop interdisciplinary communication and develop working collaborations between human health care, animals and the environment.

The whole veterinary team must work together to improve standards and formulate strategies for the reduction of hospital associated infections, it cannot be the responsibility of one person!  The BVNA ‘Infection Control for Practice Standards’ course aims to not only cover the core standards of infection control, but develop leaders that have the knowledge and skills to implement change, educate and engage peers and raise the standards.  Over three months and 3 modules we teach the principles of biosecurity in order to optimise human and animal well‐being along with the skills required to go back into practice and really make a difference.

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