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Biosecurity and Veterinarians

Veterinary practitioners are the first responders to a suspected disease incident on the farm. Early recognition and response is critical to human and animal health, food safety and the environment. Practising veterinarians play a large role in the planning and implementation of disease prevention and biosecurity programs on the farm including:

The practice of routine on-farm biosecurity

Veterinarians who visit farms pose a risk of spreading disease organisms from one farm to another. By stringently practicing every day infection control or biosecurity measures, this risk can be mitigated to an acceptable level. These common, everyday measures include:

Review of clients' biosecurity plans

Monitoring of animals

Report suspected foreign animal diseases

Practitioner's role in the diagnosis of foreign animal diseases.

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