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Health And Safety
A clean bill of health: practice hygiene
  1. Simon Cherry

    Simon Cherry qualified from Edinburgh in 1970 and went on to work in mixed practice in Yorkshire and Hong Kong, which included some involvement in meat and food hygiene. He has been an examiner for for the Royal Society for the Promotion of Health (Hong Kong), and a council member of the BVA's Veterinary Public Health Association. He is also qualified in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points (HACCP). At present, he works as a consultant on food hygiene for the Norwood Veterinary Group in Yorkshire, and as an official veterinary surgeon (OVS) at an EU border inspection post. He is chairman of the local health authority zoonosis liaison group.


RECENT publicity about MRSA has highlighted the importance of hygiene systems in veterinary practices. Standard sanitary operating procedures (SSOPs) enable practices to ensure that cleaning is done as specified, that records are available to confirm this, and that corrective measures are taken if problems are found. Here, Simon Cherry outlines how to set up a system of SSOPs.

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