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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE More Info

Northside Veterinary Specialists are here for you and your pets during this crazy COVID time, and business is (almost) as usual. In accordance with best practices to keep our employees safe and our hospital operational, we have moved to a contactless consultation and admission process.

Please rest assured, even though we aren't seeing you face to face, your pet is still getting the best of care. Visit the COVID section of our website for more information.

Call on 9452 2933 with any questions.

We thank you all for your support and patience!

COVID-19 CONSULTING HOURS 6am - 6pm, Monday - Friday
24 HOURS PER DAY, 7 DAYS A WEEK in case of emergency

Internal Medicine tips from Dr. Elizabeth Thrift:

June 2nd, 2020

Given cleaning is on everyone’s mind in this new COVID-19 era, here are the results of a recent study which assessed cleaning habits and effectiveness in veterinary hospitals. 

  1. Regularly cleaning was reported to occur in radiology, bathrooms, and patient wards. However, small animal treatment areas appeared to receive minimal cleaning.
  • When cage cleaning was assessed, cages in wards were most frequently cleaned, whilst cages in ICU and pre-operative surgery cases are less frequently cleaned. This is concerning as these patients are the ones most likely at risk of hospital acquired infections.
  • Human touch surfaces (eg otoscopes, ophthalmoscopes, dog run handles, computers and their accessories) are less likely to be cleaned compared to animal-touch surfaces.

Reference – Langdon, G., Hoet, A. E., & Stull, J. W. (2020). Fluorescent tagging for environmental surface cleaning surveillance in a veterinary hospital. Journal of Small Animal Practice, 61(2), 121–126. 

NVS and COVID-19 – Hospital disinfection

April 7th, 2020

We are using so much disinfectant at the moment, and have done a lot of research on what we should be using for environmental, patient, and personnel COVID-19 disinfection. Ultimately, we can’t afford to be choosy due to limited availability, so here is a list for you to fall back on if supply of your first choice dries up.

HANDS: Detergents (Soap at 1:49 dilution – important given scarcity of sanitizer!)

SURFACES: Bleach at 1: 49 or 1:99 for 5 minutes (may damage many surfaces), Hydrogen peroxide 1:64 for 5 minutes, Ethanol 60% or greater 5mins or less, Chlorhexidine 0.05% for 5 minutes, Hydrogen peroxide 3% 6 – 8 minutes, F10 1:100 in 5 minutes, Trigene 1:20, allow to dry on the surface.

KEYBOARDS, PHONES: Any of the above, but our favourite is Isopropyl alcohol 70% for 1 – 3 minutes. This dries rapidly and doesn’t damage surfaces, most common in wipes. 

PATIENTS: Detergent shampoo for any patient admitted having been in contact with test positive or isolated household.

We are divided into teams, who have zero crossover, so are disinfecting the practice between teams. We have attached our handover disinfection protocol for your reference and use in your practice. Also attached are our Contactless admission protocols with disinfection practices recorded.