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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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