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About the course

The Veterinary Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control (VFIPC) course is designed for all veterinary staff worldwide and aims to provide students with a broad understanding and introductory skills to enable them to assess, plan, implement and evaluate infection prevention and control activities within their veterinary workplace. It is designed and assessed at AQF Level 8 equivalent to Graduate Certificate/Diploma level. The course includes a strong integrated One Health focus.

Course content

This course provides a valuable pathway for further learning and is an important resource for those wishing to pursue a career as a veterinary infection control professional.

What you’ll learn

With 11 self-paced modules, this course allows participants to apply knowledge to their own practice. This course reflects recent evidence, guidelines and standards.

Veterinary Foundations of Infection Prevention and Control Modules

  • Microbiology, virology, immunology, One Health
  • Standard and Transmission-based precautions
  • Management of the environmental and equipment
  • Healthcare-associated infections
  • Multi-resistant organisms and antimicrobial stewardship
  • Aseptic technique and invasive devices
  • Outbreak management
  • Audit and surveillance
  • Workplace health and safety and governance
  • Developing an IPC program/plan
  • IPC considerations in specific settings

Course accreditation/certificate

The course is self-funded. Opportunities for scholarships may be available.

The College recommends completing the Veterinary Foundations course as 80 hours of CPD.  Participants successfully completing all assessment tasks will receive a certificate of completion.

delivery method

Online Virtual training conducted entirely through digital platforms, allowing participants to learn remotely.

course provided by

Australasian College for Infection Prevention and Control

Course Length

Approximately 24 weeks




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