Faecal-oral parasite transmission and the veterinary nurse's role in education

Ian Wright
Wednesday, October 2, 2019

There are a wide range of parasites endemic in the UK which can infect cats and dogs, their pathological and zoonotic potential mean it is essential veterinary nurses (VNs) educate clients on how to prevent exposure and therefore minimise risk. A key mode of transmission is the faecal-oral route in which infective stages of parasites can pass directly to other hosts. The three main groups of parasites which can be transmitted via this route are roundworms (Toxocara spp.), intestinal protozoa and tapeworms. Through effective communication and the development of partnerships with clients VNs can improve compliance thus reducing parasite risk which is of benefit to both pet and owner.

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