What is veterinary waste?
Veterinary waste refers to any type of clinical waste generated by the practice of veterinary medicine, including used medical supplies, body fluids, and materials that may have meet hazardous substances.
Proper management of veterinary waste is important for the safety of those handling it and for the protection of the environment and public health. This often involves specialised equipment, trained personnel, and compliance with local regulations.
The main types of veterinary waste
There are several main types of veterinary waste, these can include:
This category includes used needles, syringes, and other medical instruments that are sharp or potentially puncturing.
Body fluids and tissues
This includes veterinary waste such as blood, urine and other bodily fluids and tissues that may have meet infectious agents or other hazardous substances.
Chemical and pharmaceutical waste
This category includes waste such as unused or expired medications, as well as chemicals used in the cleaning and sterilisation of medical equipment.
The proper management of these different types of veterinary waste is important to help prevent the spread of infectious diseases and protect the health and safety of people, animals and the environment.
Professional and compliant veterinary waste solutions
Stericycle enables veterinary practices to maintain regulatory compliance by providing sharps waste management and compliance solutions that protect people and brands, promote health and well-being, and safeguard the environment.
Veterinary clinics and animal hospitals provide a variety of services aimed at promoting the health and well-being of pets, such as routine care and treatment, surgeries and emergency care, while also maintaining the safety of employees, pets, and owners.
At Stericycle, we appreciate how important your role is in providing care for pets whether you are a veterinarian, a veterinary technician, or an office manager. We also understand the effort it takes to handle the different regulated waste streams, while maintaining an environment where your employees and practice are up-to-date with regulatory requirements.
We customise solutions for your needs whether you are a local veterinary clinic providing pets with wellness exams centered on preventative care and regular checkups, or an animal hospital diagnosing and treating specialised medical conditions and providing emergency care.
Contact us today for our professional and compliant veterinary waste solutions!
There are strict compliance requirements around animal healthcare waste. It must be correctly segregated, appropriately labelled and packaged for transport, stored safely in a secure place and described accurately on all documentation. But we know that you didn’t choose a career in animal care to focus on the complexities of waste management - that’s our passion!
When you choose Stericycle, you are selecting a partner with the resources to work with and stand by you when things are easy and when they are hard so you can focus on what matters most – the health and well-being of the animals in your care and the safety of your employees.