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Cleaning of equipment and spaces to protect animals and staff

Explore the various aspects of keeping a veterinary practice clean.
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There is an immense amount of cleaning to do each day in a veterinary practice.

Hygiene is paramount to infection control, and with a large volume of unwell patients of varying vaccination status entering the clinic each day, it is vital that it is regularly and adequately disinfected.

The cages that animals are housed in will need at the very least, spot cleaning if they have an accident, plus cleaning at the end of the day.
But more often, an animal is moved between different cages at various points in their stay which means the enclosure must be cleaned each time to be hygienic for a new animal to enter.
An animal in hospital with gastroenteritis may vomit or have diarrhoea in their enclosure multiple times in a day. It is essential that this is thoroughly cleaned each time both for the recovery of that patient and for the avoidance of spreading infection.
The floors in the waiting room, consult rooms, preparation areas, surgical areas, and kennels will need to be cleaned at least once a day, unless an animal has an accident of course, (dogs regularly urinate indoors at a vet clinic even when they would never do so at home), or when a patient with a suspected infectious disease is seen (e.g. kennel cough, gastroenteritis, ringworm).
The surgery room requires more substantial disinfection since it is imperative that no dust or particles are at risk of contaminating sterile surgical sites.

Different chemicals are used, depending on the item or area being cleaned, and the infection being controlled. This will mean that clinics have a variety of cleaning products for different uses, and some areas or items will even need cleaning with more than one of the chemicals.

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