Small animal handling

Many businesses handle small animals, including veterinary practices, kennels, shelters, and groomers to name just a few. Outside of work, neighborhood walks and hiking may lead to contact with unknown animals.

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Small animals are common household pets such as dogs and cats and are not domesticated animals used for farming; farming and livestock information can be found on the agriculture page.

Animal Handling Safety & Program Resources

Prevent injuries working with small animals [PDF]
This handout describes the most common injuries in small animal care, and provides employer strategies for prevention.  

Safety program self-assessment: small animal care providers [PDF]
How does your safety program measure up? Take this self-assessment and find ways to improve small animal handling safety.  

Veterinary safety and health (NIOSH)
This page offers a comprehensive overview of injuries in veterinary care with links on how to prevent them.        

Animal encounters  

Animal encounters [PDF]
Do you know what to do if encountering an unfamiliar animal? This handout provides valuable tips for protecting yourself.  [Spanish]

Recognizing risky situations helps prevent dog bites (American Veterinary Medical Association)
Reduce dog bite risk with these tips.  

Watch that dog! (Oregon OSHA)
This video offers basic protections around dogs and provides advice on interpreting dog behavior.    

Compassion Fatigue  

Compassion fatigue [PDF]
Exposure to pain and suffering can lead to compassion fatigue - this handout discusses the condition and provides tools to manage it.  

Recognizing and managing compassion fatigue (Oregon Veterinary Medical Association)
This page discusses compassion fatigue and offers ideas to help veterinary professionals cope.


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