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Dog bites
Risk of dog bite injury in veterinary practice
  1. Navroz Singh, Senior House Officer and
  2. Muhammad Ali Malik, Associate Specialist
  1. Department of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Great Western Hospital, Marlborough Road, Swindon, Wiltshire SN3 6BB
  1. email: navrozsingh88{at}

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OCCUPATIONAL hazards are numerous in general veterinary practice; these can range from animal-acquired infection to operator musculoskeletal fatigue (Jeyaretnam and Jones 2000). It has been reported that veterinarians encountering work-related injuries outnumber medical GPs by a factor of 2.9 (Nienhaus and others 2005).

Bites and scratches from patients are commonly accepted as inevitable injuries that ‘come with the territory’ of practising as a veterinary professional. It is …

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