Infection Control in Small Animal Clinical Practice

May 2023
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  • Publisher
  • Published
    9th May 2023
  • ISBN 9781789244953
  • Language English
  • Pages 360 pp.
  • Size 7" x 9"

Infection prevention and control is vital within a veterinary setting, but can find itself an automated part of care - and therefore vulnerable to time constraints, forgetfulness, and routine. This book is written by experts in the field and uses evidence-based findings to elevate infection prevention to a well understood, dynamic concept, relevant to both veterinary practitioners and nurses in practice.

Comparing key findings to the human healthcare world, this book:

  • Maximizes learning opportunities with lots of practical examples and cases;
  • Provides practical how-to sections, such as setting up a surveillance program; and
  • Bases findings on current veterinary literature.
Beginning with an introduction to the importance of infection control, dedicated chapters in this book then consider key principles such as hand hygiene, personal protective equipment, infection control for the surgical and hospitalized patient, and care for immunosuppressed individuals. Importantly, this book presents an up-to-date exploration of responsible antibiotic use in the context of rising resistance.

Kelly Bowlt Blacklock

Kelly Bowlt Blacklock graduated from The University of Edinburgh in 2005. After 18 months in small animal general practice, she completed a rotating internship at the RVC and a three-year European College of Veterinary Surgeons-approved residency program in small animal surgery at the University of Bristol. Kelly joined the AHT in 2011. Her interests include infection control, minimally invasive surgery, trauma management and reconstructive/oncological surgery. In addition to clinical work, she is undertaking a part-time PhD on the "Application of genomics to identify novel prognostic biomarkers for canine cancers" at the AHT's Kennel Club Cancer Centre.

Fergus Allerton

Fergus Allerton graduated from the University of Bristol in 2004. He spent six years working in a mixed practice in Worcestershire. While developing a broad range of experience, a keen interest in all things medical motivated him to pursue the Royal College Certificate in Small Animal Medicine. Fergus spent three years undertaking a medicine residency at the University of Liege in Belgium studying for the Diploma of the European College of Veterinary Internal Medicine. Fergus enjoys the wide variety of internal medicine cases and the diagnostic challenges posed by these patients. He has particular interests in haematology, immune-mediated disease and critical care medicine. Fergus joined Willows in October 2013 and is enjoying being part of the specialist team at Willows, with the opportunity to provide the highest standard of care for patients, owners and referring veterinary surgeons.

infection prevention; infection control; veterinary science; veterinary medicine; veterinary practice; veterinary care; hand hygiene; protective personal equipment (PPE); infection and surgery; immunosuppression in veterinary patients; responsible antibiotic use; antimicrobial resistance