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Facilities, instrumentation, health and safety, training, and improvement opportunities

Emma H. Hooijberg BVSc, PhD1, Kathleen P. Freeman DVM, PhD2, and Jennifer R. Cook DVM, MS3
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  • 1 Department of Companion Animal Clinical Studies, Faculty of Veterinary Science, University of Pretoria, South Africa.
  • | 2 Synlab-VPG/Exeter, Exeter Science Park, Exeter EX5 2FN, England.
  • | 3 Idexx Laboratories Inc, Bloomfield Hills, MI 48302.
Introduction

The first article in this series introduced the concepts of a total quality management system and a quality plan for in-clinic laboratories. The purpose of this second article is to introduce aspects of quality assurance related to laboratory facilities, laboratory equipment, health and safety, staff training, and improvement opportunities. A brief description of the various topics discussed further in this article should be included in the quality plan, with more detail added within laboratory SOPs (the topic of the third article in the series).

Facilities

The in-clinic laboratory should be in an area of the veterinary practice that provides

Introduction

The first article in this series introduced the concepts of a total quality management system and a quality plan for in-clinic laboratories. The purpose of this second article is to introduce aspects of quality assurance related to laboratory facilities, laboratory equipment, health and safety, staff training, and improvement opportunities. A brief description of the various topics discussed further in this article should be included in the quality plan, with more detail added within laboratory SOPs (the topic of the third article in the series).

Facilities

The in-clinic laboratory should be in an area of the veterinary practice that provides

Supplementary Materials

    • Supplementary Appendix S1 (PDF 141 KB)
    • Supplementary Appendix S2 (PDF 181 KB)

Contributor Notes

Address correspondence to Dr. Cook (jennifer-cook@idexx.com).