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BVA highlights risk of animal-inflicted injuries in vet surgeries

25th August 2015

The British Veterinary Association (BVA) has highlighted a new study indicating that 64 percent of small animal vets have been injured in the course of their work in the last year.

New data from the Voice of the Veterinary Profession survey has shown that 90 percent of injured vets have received scratches from animals, while 78 percent have suffered bites. Other injuries included lacerations beyond surface scratching and bruising from kicks.

Indeed, 17 percent of companion animal vets rated the injuries as very or quite severe, underlining the fact that these risks need to be mitigated, rather than simply accepted as an occupational hazard. 

As such, the organisation is urging veterinary teams and pet owners to work together to improve safety in surgeries, including doing more to monitor the animal's anxiety levels and utilise appropriate restraints when needed.

BVA president John Blackwell said: "If a vet is taking precautions, such as muzzling, it is to protect everyone and to ensure the animal in their care receives the very best treatment possible in a safe environment."ADNFCR-8000103-ID-801798697-ADNFCR

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