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IMPORTANT COVID-19 UPDATE More Info

Northside Veterinary Specialists are here for you and your pets during COVID. As of Monday 28th February we will return to socially distanced consultations, in line with NSW Health Guidelines. We welcome a maximum of two adults, and we request for masks to be worn at all times when in the building. Please 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.