Zoonotic parasite protection in the practice setting

Ian Wright
Thursday, September 2, 2021

Cats and dogs carry a wide range of parasites with zoonotic potential. While much focus is placed on protecting owners and the wider public from these infections, veterinary staff are also at risk of exposure. Veterinary nurses may be exposed to parasites through direct contact with pets, indirect surface transmission, aerosols or via vectors. The risk of zoonotic parasite transmission, however, can be minimised in the workplace with a few simple practice-wide precautions. This article considers some of the routes of parasite exposure in practice and steps to reduce them.

Figure 1. Flea dirt from an infested cat's coat.
Figure 1. Flea dirt from an infested cat's coat.

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