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Veterinary Practice
How good is your hand hygiene?
  1. Sue Gregory

    Sue Gregory qualified from the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) in 1985. She is a Senior Lecturer in small animal soft tissue surgery at the RVC. Her responsibilities include running a busy soft tissue surgical referral service as well as teaching undergraduate and postgraduate veterinary students. Her main clinical interests are gastrointestinal, urogenital and ENT surgery.


BEYOND surgical scrubbing, hand hygiene has traditionally received only cursory attention in undergraduate veterinary teaching and veterinary nursing education, and experience suggests that it is an often neglected priority in day-to-day veterinary practice. This article highlights the importance of good hand hygiene in the veterinary environment and discusses why, how and when it should be practised. Strategies to help improve compliance among staff are also discussed.

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