Safety for Patients, Clients and Staff

VSCD's Pet Patient Safety

When pets are in unfamiliar settings, they can be more likely to react in a manner that would endanger themselves or the people around them. The Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware (VSCD) has a general safety policy centered on protecting pets, families, and our staff.

  • For your protection and that of others, all dogs must be on a leash and properly controlled while in the waiting area or exam rooms.
  • All cats must be presented in an appropriate cat carrier or on a leash.
  • Please allow us to hold your pet during exams and treatments.

Our trained staff are experts at animal restraint and are able to hold your pet in such a way that he or she will be properly positioned for the doctors to examine and your pet will be unable to bite or scratch out of the fear the pet may be feeling.

VSCD's Pet Patient Safety

Biosecurity and Infection Control

Biosecurity, also referred to as infection control, refers to measures that are taken to stop the spread or introduction of harmful organisms to human, animal and plant life (source: There are many sicknesses and organisms that are highly transmissible between animals and humans alike, called zoonotic diseases. At the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware, we often treat the sickest of the sick, so we are very serious about cleaning and infection control and have instituted formal processes and systems to prevent the spread of dangerous pathogens and toxins. Our biosecurity team, comprising of several VSCD doctors, nurses and management works daily to create, revise and enforce protocol for all staff to protect patients and humans, alike.

The safety of the pets and people we serve is always the concern of the Veterinary Specialty Center of Delaware. If you have any questions about this policy, please contact VSCD directly.