Provet Lifetime Learning Programme (PLLP)

Project Vet 5

Local Health Hazards

This Project will involve you in identifying potential health hazards for your practice patients and writing a brief report. Once completed send the report by email (in .doc or .html format) to the Course Organiser Your report will count as 10 Continuing Education points towards your annual PLLP target of 90 points, and Provet will send you an appraisal of your Entry. The best entries will be judged and you may win an Award !   

Every environment contains potential health hazards for animals (eg extreme weather, heat, cold, water, gases, poisons, traffic, glass, barbed wire, parasites, infectious diseases) Examine the immediate and surrounding environments carefully and try to identify all the potential health hazards for patients visiting your practice Write a brief report to include the following : 

  • List all the potential health hazards that you have identified, and rank them as High, Medium, Low or Insignificant risk (insignificant risk might be the likelihood of a plane falling out of the sky on to the animal).
  • List what precautions have already been taken to minimise exposure to health risks (eg each animal may be confined in a cage or enclosure to prevent it escaping on to a road, or it may have been vaccinated against disease)
  • List any measures that you could/should take to minimise exposure of your patients to existing health risks - you should be able to identify at least 6 risks !
  • List the important zoonotic diseases which could be transmitted to or from your patients.
  • List other health risks (ie excluding zoonoses) that your patients may represent to your practice environment and other animals/people in it.
  • Does your practice have isolation facilities, do the nursing staff know how to barrier nurse high risk patients ?
  • Conclude whether any changes in health risk prevention measures are necessary in your practice
  • Any other comments that you want to make