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Many veterinary on-the-job injuries can be prevented

The nonfatal injury rate in the veterinary services profession in 2016 was second only to that of nursing and residential care workers and higher than nonfatal injury rates for police officers and firefighters, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Experts at the 2018 AVMA Convention recommended a variety of tools and methods to improve veterinary workplace safety that include following a hierarchy of hazard control, writing detailed safety manuals, using muzzles and wearing protective gear and boots.

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