New Program Aims to Prevent Infectious Disease


Disease outbreaks from dogs have been on the rise in recent years. Just last fall, an outbreak of campylobacter infections spread by puppies from a national pet store chain affected 55 people in 12 states. One of the best ways to mitigate the growing risk is by raising awareness about infectious diseases and dog healthcare.

That’s why a group of organizations, including Clorox Healthcare, Merck Animal Health and the National Association of Veterinary Technicians in America, have come together to launch an educational initiative for pet professionals: Heroes for Healthy Pets Infectious Disease Management Certification Program. The program covers a range of preventive care best practices, such as strategic vaccination and disinfection protocols for facilities.

“Vaccination, hand hygiene and cleaning and disinfecting all play a vital role in preventing infectious diseases,” said Sarah Bell-West, Ph.D. and scientist at Clorox Healthcare in Oakland, Calif. “These practices serve as the foundation of efforts to help keep pets happy and healthy and the Heroes for Healthy Pets program will help empower more veterinary and pet care professionals with the education and resources they need to keep their facilities clean, healthy and infection-free.”

The certification program consists of two free educational modules taught by veterinary experts specializing in infectious diseases. It is free to all veterinary and pet professionals.

The program is not only a great opportunity for retailers who offer live pet sales and services like grooming, it’s also a reminder of the importance of pet disease prevention. All retailers can support awareness by educating owners about proper pet healthcare practices as well as how to choose safe pet care facilities and veterinarians.


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