Infection control is a key component of optimal patient care. Without it, many of our health accomplishments are lost in the form of hospital-associated infection. AAHA recently brought together an impressive group of veterinary clinicians, nurses, and researchers to developed practice-friendly infection control guidelines that help practices best utilize available resources to optimize health care for patients and protect staff. This talk will review the key infection control areas practices should address. None of us are dummies - but we could all use a simplified approach to this complex problem.