Biosecurity and Hospital Infection Control
Biosecurity and infection control are essential functions of all healthcare facilities, including the Matthew J. Ryan Veterinary Hospital. Controlling the spread of infectious disease within a hospital is challenging. Veterinary medicine carries a unique challenge because so many of the diseases we encounter are zoonotic (transmissible from vertebrate animals to humans). Therefore, here at Ryan we are concerned not only with the health of our animal patients, but also with that of our staff, students and clients.
The hospital continuously strives to achieve excellence in veterinary medicine. One way we accomplish this is to employ routine and advanced infection control procedures in all areas of the hospital. Another way is to provide a variety of tools and resources to our staff, students and clients.
We have available:
- A hospital Infectious Disease Committee,
- A comprehensive Hospital Infection Control Manual,
- A Web-based e-learning tutorial,
- A quarterly newsletter, The Petri Dish (PDF, 204 KB), and
- An informational pamphlet for distribution to clients
For more information on biosecurity and/or hospital infection control, please contact Michelle Traverse BS, CVT,
Infection Control Coordinator.