New course helping veterinary staff make their workplaces safer 

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A new course believed to be the first of its kind worldwide aimed at helping keep global veterinary workplaces safe from potentially deadly infections has been established by the Australasian College of Infection Prevention and Control (ACIPC).

Veterinary Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control is an innovative online course designed to provide veterinary staff with a broad understanding and introductory knowledge of assessing, planning and implementing infection prevention and control activities in their workplaces. 

Learning modules covered on the 24-week course, which is suitable for all veterinary staff worldwide, include outbreak management, environmental hygiene, employee health, surveillance, antimicrobial stewardship, epidemiology, and microbiology. The course has a strong One Health focus.

“Infection prevention control is vital in every workplace and veterinary workplaces are obviously no exception,” ACIPC president A/Prof Stéphane Bouchoucha said.

“With the growing knowledge of issues such as the potential dangers of zoonotic disease and the effects of substandard animal husbandry, knowing about best practice infection prevention control practices in veterinary workplaces is now essential for veterinary practitioners everywhere.

“As far as ACIPC knows, this is the first course of its kind in the world aimed at addressing infection prevention control issues in a veterinary setting.”

Running over approximately six months and totalling approximately 80-90 hours of study, the course is designed at AQF Level 8, equivalent to Graduate Certificate/Diploma level.

The course offers scholarship opportunities and starts on 1 March 2024. 

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