Biosecurity is good for business
Practicing good biosecurity means taking action to protect NSW from the negative impacts of pests, diseases, weeds, and contaminants.
As a vet, or veterinary professional, you play a critical, front-line role in preventing, responding to, and reporting animal diseases and pests.
Being biosecure will help:
Everyday veterinary practices are all part of being biosecure. This includes:
There are certain actions a veterinary professional MUST legally take in order to be biosecure. These are detailed in the Biosecurity Act 2015 and supporting legislation.
The laws cover things that are likely to have the biggest impact on our economy, environment or community. They include rules around:
Visit the Biosecurity policies and procedures page for more.
Your general biosecurity duty
As well as prescribing the rules for high risk biosecurity matter, the Biosecurity Act 2015 includes a biosecurity duty for veterinary professionals, and everyone who deals with biosecurity matter.
All tiers of government, industry and the people of NSW need to work together to protect the economy, environment and community from the negative impacts of pests, diseases, and weeds and contaminants.
This means you need to:
Vets play a critical role in supporting stockholders and animal owners to identify and manage biosecurity risks.
Vets can seek support from NSW Department of Primary Industries and Local Land Services.
Visit the General biosecurity duty page for more information.
Have a plan
The trick to managing biosecurity is that every veterinary practice will have different risks to manage based on its location, seasonal conditions, activities, the animals that are being treated, and the farms and properties that you visit.
A biosecurity plan can help you to identify the risks you may be exposed to so you can manage them effectively.