Practical Infection Control

Course Overview

Infection control is a vitally important aspect of veterinary practice and the consequences of poor hygiene can be catastrophic.

Are your infection control standards measuring up? Are you doing enough to promote hygiene?  Do you feel like your protocols need reviewing, but are not quite sure where to start?

This course will explore the key factors of infection control – from basic practice hygiene to clinical considerations as well as helping to achieve guidelines set within the RCVS practice standards.

Participants will be able to share their knowledge base and protocols with a view to gaining an understanding of the areas of strength and weakness in the delivery of infection control measures in their practice. This will lead to discussions on how improvements can be made to achieve best practice standards.

The flexibility of this course will allow each student to address their own practice situation and following study they will be able to reflect on the infection control risks in diagrammatical form, develop a biosecurity standard operating procedure and become the practice ‘infection control champion’.

Course syllabus

Topics covered in this course include:

Current challenges in infection control

  • Looking at individual and practice challenges
  • Identifying most urgent practice needs in infection prevention
  • Guidance and direction on creating an SOP

Cleaning and disinfection

  • From the waiting room to theatre – the fundamentals of basic cleaning and practice organisation
  • Common ‘danger’ zones in the practice
  • Selection of cleaning and disinfection products
  • Do ‘cleaning bombs’ work?
  • Use of disinfectants – dilution rates, contact time, chemistry rotation and safety
  • Selection of different disinfectants for different situations
  • Cleaning and disinfecting veterinary and patient equipment
  • Appropriate selection and use of cleaning equipment/tools
  • Use of colour-coding for equipment
  • Consulting room considerations

 Hand hygiene

  • The five moments of hand hygiene
  • Hand washing techniques
  • Hand hygiene products and equipment
  • Scrub versus rub
  • Ensuring/checking efficacy of hand hygiene
  • Sanitiser stations
  • Which glove for which task?
  • Hand care to prevent skin damage
  • Managing client hand hygiene

Barrier nursing

  • Biosecurity and creating a tiered biosecurity system
  • Best practices in barrier nursing
  • Managing isolation facilities
  • Making the best of the facilities you have in your practice
  • Particular cases, such as Parvovirus and MRSA
  • Reverse barrier nursing
  • Creating a ‘barrier nursing pack’ fee

Correct use of personal protective equipment (PPE)

  • The variety of PPE available
  • To re-use or single use?
  • How to don and remove PPE effectively
  • Adhering to H+S and COSHH guidelines
  • Protecting staff and patients for ‘dirty’ procedures
  • Consulting room attire and PPE
  • Care of the veterinary team


  • Managing the ops list to promote infection prevention
  • Infection control in-between patients
  • Moving from prep room to theatre – patients and equipment
  • Daily and deep cleaning of theatre
  • Specialised theatre wall coverings
  • Cleaning theatre equipment
  • Theatre attire and staff compliance
  • Theatre ‘etiquette’ and behaviour
  • Best practices in patient preparation
  • Draping the patient
  • Surgical equipment management
  • Post operative measures for infection and SSI prevention


  • Correct procedures for patient bedding
  • Washing contaminated items
  • Staff uniforms
  • Special equipment for laundry

Implementation, compliance and monitoring 

  • Creating a team approach to infection control
  • Education of all staff
  • Infection control as part of the induction process
  • Inter-staff training
  • Surveys and questionnaires
  • Constructing and using checklists
  • Promoting and monitoring adherence to protocols
  • Efficacy versus time – finding the balance
  • Performing an audit on infection control
  • Looking at results of C&S testing, swabbing of surfaces, ATP testing
  • Protocols when ‘sharing’ your practice with an OOH team
  • Client education

Course content covered will be dictated by the needs of the participants on the course, so you are able to raise any topics related to infection control that are relevant to you and your practice and team.

Course Resources

Course resources include:

  • Access to our flexible online learning environment for the duration of the course
  • Lecture/s that can be viewed at any time, and as many times as you like
  • Interactive, tutor-guided learning forums
  • Supporting materials, tools and ideas for assisting with and supporting your learning
  • Assessed coursework with constructive feedback from your tutor
  • Practical documents created by you, tailored to the needs of your practice
  • Access to the course materials for a period after the course

Course Summary

Course duration: 3 weeks (hours flexible/self-directed study time in total)

Course type: Fully supported interactive online

Tutor: Emma Gerrard

Suitable for: Vets, vet nurses, students. Those in a leadership position in practice looking to update infection control protocols would also benefit from this course.

This course is accredited by AMTRA for 32 SQP CPD points.

Please advise at registration if you require these points.



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Fill out the registration form

Once payment is complete, you will receive an email asking for candidate details. Complete the form and submit. We must receive your registration in order to process your enrolment.

When do I start learning?

When you have successfully submitted your candidate registration, you will receive a confirmation message. You will be contacted prior to the course start date with information on how to join the VLE.

Learning outcomes

By the end of this module, successful candidates will be able to:

  • Appreciate current issues regarding infection control within their own clinic

  • Understand the concept of an infection control programme and its importance within clinical practice

  • Have confidence creating infection control SOPs and procedures for all areas of their clinic, and in implementing and managing these policies

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Any Questions?

If you have any questions about any of our courses or online learning in general, or would just like a chat about your CPD requirements, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Your Tutor

Emma Gerrard


See what some of our past candidates have said…

“I have found ONCORE an excellent pathway to help me achieve practical, evidence-based processes for our business. I would recommend ONCORE to any colleague who wants to use their CPD time and budget constructively.”

Laura Shaw

“I really enjoyed the course. It opened my mind to different aspects of infection control. The discussion forums are a great idea to encourage people to discuss any issues. The literature provided was very informative. The lectures were easy to listen to. The VLE was easy to understand due to the step by step guidance provided.”

Suzanne Flynn