Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors

A checklist to determine the biosecurity risk of individuals to dairy herds.
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Biosecurity Risk of Vets, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors
Biosecurity Risk Assessment - Veterinarians, Ag Service Personnel and Visitors
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Number of farm visits per dayOne farm visit per day.Visits two-three farms per day, possibly different species.Visits multiple farms and/or auctions, usually the same species.
Protective ClothingWears clean and sanitized boots or show covers. Clean (or new disposable) coveralls every farm.May not change coveralls between farms, nut no obvious manure present. Boots appear to be fairly well cleaned and sanitized.Does not wear protective clothing or shoe covers/boots, or wears the same clothing to multiple farms.
Leaves materials or borrows suppliesMaterials and supplies are free of any manure, and are distant from animal housing or feed areas.Materials and supplies are generally clean, but may be near/adjacent to animal housing or feed areas.Materials and supplies mildly to severely manure-contaminated, and/or in animal or feed areas.
Animal ownershipDoes not own/have any similar species at home.Similar species but a different production type.Owns and/or cares for a similar species and production type at home.
Contact with potentially infected animalsNo contact with any animals on the farm.Contact with healthy animals, and avoids (almost) all contact with potentially-infected/ill animals.Has contact with potentially-infected/ill animals.
Biosecurity knowledgeUnderstands, promotes and practices good biosecurity practices.Exposed to biosecurity principles but is not an advocate.Little appreciation for biosecurity and does not view it as an industry issue.
Foreign TravelDoes not travel out of the US or Canada.Limited travel outside of US or Canada without animal contact.Travel to foreign countries with animal contact in those countries.
Foreign VisitorsProhibits foreign visitor contact with animals or feeds.Foreign visitors may be in animal or feed areas after adequate quarantine.Visitors are permitted in animal or feed contact areas without screening or quarantine.

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