This is an invitation to take part in an online survey-based research study on infection control practices among veterinarians of the United States.  This project is a collaborative effort between the University of Georgia Colleges of Veterinary Medicine, the College of Public Health, and the Georgia Veterinary Medical Association. The joint project entitled Survey of Veterinary Infection Control Practices and Perceptions aims to survey veterinarians about their use and perceptions of infection control practices in clinical work.  The Principal Investigator is Dr. Brandy Burgess, Assistant Professor of Epidemiology and Infection Control and Director of Infection Control for the Veterinary Teaching Hospital at the University of Georgia, College of Veterinary Medicine.

Through the administration of this survey, we aim to:

  1. Assess knowledge and use of infection control practices (ICPs) among US veterinarians;
  2. Identify knowledge gaps that may be addresses in future education opportunities; and
  3. Assess veterinarian perceptions and attitudes regarding zoonotic risk.

You have been selected to participate in this survey through your membership in GVMA. We anticipate that most persons will take approximately 25 minutes to complete the survey. We will collect general demographic information, veterinary practice characteristics, and information on how you practice veterinary medicine; however, your responses will remain confidential and only summary statements will be reported.  Your participation is voluntary, and completely anonymous.  You may withdraw your consent and stop participation at any time without penalty.

It is hoped that the collection and dissemination of the resulting data will benefit veterinarians by contributing to a better understanding of current infection control practices routinely used by veterinarians; and bring to light common challenges with respect to implementation of infection control practices and veterinarians’ real perceptions and attitudes toward zoonotic risks, as well as facilitating future research and educational sessions to address common issues. There are no known risks of participating in this study.

To indicate your willingness to participate in this research, please use the following links to complete each survey:

Note: This survey is designed to be completed by the veterinarian receiving the survey, based on his/her own personal knowledge and practices. If you work in more than one practice – please select a single practice to use in this survey.

This survey will remain open for 6-weeks, closing on April 18, 2020.

If you have any questions regarding this study, please contact Brandy Burgess ( , 706-542-3598), or the MPH student assisting with this project, Nichelle Jasper (

Thank you in advance for helping us collect this valuable information.

Brandy A. Burgess, DVM, MSc, PhD, DACVIM, DACVPM

Assistant Professor | College of Veterinary Medicine

Director of Infection Control | Veterinary Teaching Hospital

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Nichelle Jasper, BSc, DVM, MSc

Masters of Public Health Candidate, Class of 2020

College of Public Health

University of Georgia, Athens, GA