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Laura Stokes
The Veterinary Nurse, Vol. 9, Iss. 1, 26 Feb 2018, pp 12 - 19

Parasite control plans allow for the prevention and control of parasites to be tailored to individual pets after assessment. Every pet's requirements are different and so simple techniques are required which can be used to break down the assessment of pets into a user-friendly method, which enables veterinary staff to implement best practice. Veterinary nurses are well placed to implement these protocols by assessing risk, geographic location and lifestyle. This may be achieved in nurse clinics or as a more informal conversation at the reception desk or over the phone. By developing bespoke parasite control plans, client bonding to practices may be increased, while also increasing pet and human health by reducing parasitic disease risk. Following best practice is an excellent means of ensuring standards are met within practice and is often the starting point for accreditations. This article will focus on parasite control plans for cats and dogs and uses the ESCCAP (European Scientific Counsel Companion Animal Parasites) best practice guidelines as a means of reference.

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