Veterinary hospitals and animal care facilities face a variety of threats for the transmission (cross-contamination) of disease causing microorganisms, not only to other animals but also to its human care takers (and visa- versa). The microorganisms that cause diseases in animals are often more difficult to control than those generally found in human healthcare facilities.

Many people automatically think of rabies when considering animal-to-human disease. While the chances for a person to contract rabies in North America are low, there are many other common diseases caused from animal contact, including cat scratch fever (passed from felines), roundworms (passed from small animals), psittacosis (transmitted from pet birds).

On the flip-side, humans can pass disease to animals. Examples include Staphylococcus aureus infections including the antibiotic strains such as MRSA, Streptococcus infections and even tuberculosis.

Finally, there are diseases that humans and animals share but are not transmitted amongst each other.

The selection of a process to decontaminate environmental surfaces- such as cages and examination tables, equipment surfaces – such as operating room tables and instruments can be complex. Micro-Scientific offers detergents and disinfectants that are compatible for use on these surfaces.