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New animation from BioCote

We were very interested to see this new animation from BioCote which clearly demonstates how its antimicrobial treatment helps prevent the spread of bacteria and microbes.   All our frames and trolleys are treated with BioCote additive, along with a range of our trays and baskets too. So if infection control is important in your …
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Antibiotic Awareness Week. And Friday’s Bacterium Is…?

For today’s final mystery bacterium, and our final one of the week, we have an organism that manages to get everywhere and causes a wide range of clinical signs. Can you name the mystery bacterium? Here are some hints about today’s guest bacterium: In birds, especially chickens and turkeys, it’s associated with avian cholera, but …
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Antibiotic Awareness Week. And Thursday’s Mystery Bacterium Is…?

For today’s mystery bacterium, we have a highly contagious pathogen that causes disease in dogs, cats, rabbits and pigs, as well as being closely related to the cause of whooping cough in humans. Can you name the mystery bacterium? Here are some hints about today’s guest bacterium: The symptoms in dogs are closest to the …
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Antibiotic Awareness Week. Wednesday’s mystery bacterium is…?

For today’s mystery bacterium, we have a genus of bacteria that can infect all our veterinary species, but is most commonly associated with acute kidney disease in dogs and abortion in cattle. Sheep and cats generally act as asymptomatic carriers, while the human form of the disease is often associated with workers who come into …
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Antibiotic Awareness Week. And Tuesday’s Mystery Bacterium Is…?

For today’s ‘name that bacterium’ quiz, we have quite a picky little pathogen, which affects only one family of mammals in which there is one extant genus and two main veterinary species (plus their hybrids). On the other hand, once it gets into a population of animals it can create havoc, particularly in premises with …
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Antibiotic Awareness Week: And Monday’s Mystery Bacterium Is…?

Kicking off our five days of ‘name that bacterium’ quizzes, we have quite a celebrity organism today. Best known as a ‘superbug’ in humans, this bacterium can also cause infections in dogs, cats and horses especially. Can you name the bacterium? Here are some clues about today’s mystery bacterium: Most commonly it causes difficult-to-treat infections …
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International Antibiotic Awareness Week

Did you know that this week is International Antibiotic Awareness Week, and that today is European Antibiotic Awareness Day?  There’s been a fair bit of activity over on the human medicine side, but not so much in the veterinary world up until now. Possibly that’s because veterinary practices have other things on their minds with the London …
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Coughs and Sneezes

Clocks have gone back, nights are drawing in, and ‘flu season is approaching. There are all sorts of theories about why humans suffer from more respiratory infections in the winter, and there’s probably a grain of truth in most of them. One thing we do know, however, is that lots of hardworking veterinary surgeons and …
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Cross Contamination: what’s to be done?

No matter how thorough and regular a cleaning regimen you implement, there will always be time for micro-organisms to latch onto surfaces. Then there is the issue of cross contamination; bacteria, moulds and viruses blown onto those surfaces not in direct contact with the original source of contamination can be transferred by otherwise clean hands onto surfaces elsewhere in the practice.
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Infection Control: Towards a Germ-free Environment

I’m writing this on a hot summer’s day, and thinking about ALE. As an acronym, that is. Your storage system may be Accessible – everyone can reach everything, and the most commonly used items are to hand with the minimum of bending and stretching. It may be Logical – items are stored according to a …
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