Health & Safety

Five Freedoms
Dr. Sophia Yin’s – How to Greet a Dog
Just Got Bitten or Scratched?
Dr. Sophia Yin’s- Body Language of Fear in Dogs
Violence and Harassment in the Workplace (Bill 168)
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS)
Workplace Safety & Insurance Board

Intake Procedures

Maddie’s Fund Video: The First 60 Minutes
Maddie’s Fund Video: Lifesaving Intake Protocols and Preventative Care
Panacur®/Marquis Paste® Dosing Chart- Cat
Panacur®/Marquis Paste® Dosing Chart- Dog
Marquis Paste Information Sheet
Revolution® Dosing Chart and Information
Five Freedoms
Intake Protocol
Nexgard® Information Sheet
Woods Lamp Protocol
Royal Canin Large Dog Body Condition Chart
Royal Canin Small Dog Body Condition Chart
Royal Canin Cat Body Condition Chart
PFMA Rabbit Body Condition Scoring Chart
Recommended Woods lamp- UV-21 Compact Lamp (115V)
Sample Cat Health Data Sheet
Sample Dog Health Data Sheet
Sample Intake Examination Form
Cat and Dog Normals
Subcutaneous Vaccine Administration Procedure- training video
Microchip Implanting Procedure- training video
Woods Lamp Procedure- training video

Personal Protective Equipment

Five Freedoms
Sequence for Donning and Removing PPE

Cleaning & Disinfection

Five Freedoms
Antimicrobial Spectrum of Disinfectants
Characteristics of Selected Disinfectants
Sample Cat Cage Cleaning Protocol
Hand Washing Procedure
Ontario Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change -Hazardous Waste


Transport Agreement- Getting Them There Safely
Sample Vehicle Cleaning Protocol

Infectious Diseases & Control

Disease Reporting Protocol
Sample Cat Cage Cleaning Protocol
4 Pillars of Disease Management
Management of Symptomatic Animals

Zoonoses & Public Health

Disease Reporting Protocol
Just Got Bitten?
Are you Protecting Yourself?
Zoonoses and Immunocompromised Persons

Glossary of Terms
  • Antibodies– A protein that is produced by the immune system and used to identify and deactivate any foreign bodies (ie. viruses, bacterial)
  • Antibiotic– An pharmaceutical agent that kills or inhibits the growth of a microorganism
  • Antimicrobial– An pharmaceutical agent that kills and/or inhibits the growth of organisms
  • Accelerated Hydrogen Peroxide –A disinfectant which kills both nonenveloped and enveloped viruses
  • Asymptomatic– (of a disease or suspected disease) without symptoms; providing no subjective evidence of existence
  • Biosecurity– Set of preventative measures designed to reduce the risk of transmission of infectious disease, quarantined pests, invasive alien species, living modified organisms
  • CBC– Complete Blood Count
  • Centrifugation– A process that involves the use of the centrifugal force for the separation of mixtures with a centrifuge, used in industry and in laboratory settings
  • Contagious– Transmittable disease from one to another
  • Dyspnea– Difficulty breathing
  • Disinfectants– A chemical agent which kills harmful microorganisms- does not necessarily remove dirt or grease. Inactivated by organic material to some extent and must be applied to a clean surface to work effectively
  • ELISA Test– Diagnostic test
  • Fomite– An object or item that is able to carry infectious organisms and transfer them from one body to another
  • Geriatric– Senior animal
  • Intake– Admittance into the shelter
  • Incubation Period– The time between exposure to a pathogenic organism and when the signs/symptoms are evident
  • Isolation– A physically isolated area in which sick or infectious animals are housed in the shelter
  • Intranasal– In the nose
  • Inanimate Object– Not endowed with life, non-living
  • Immunocompromised– a state of decreased immune system function caused by administration of immunosuppressive drugs, by irradiation, by malnutrition, or by certain processes rendering the person more vulnerable to infectious diseases
  • Nebulization– Conversion into an aerosol or spray
  • Necropsy– Post mortem examination
  • Observation Room– A separate room in which new arrivals are housed for an observatory period (watching for signs of disease, administering treatments etc) before going up for adoption
  • Parenteral– A route of administration that involves piercing the skin or mucous membrane
  • Pathogen– An agent that causes disease, especially a living microorganism such as bacterium or fungus
  • Prevail– An accelerated hydrogen peroxide disinfectant
  • Quarantine– Voluntary or compulsory isolation, typically to contain the spread of disease
  • Sterilization– The removal of microorganisms to achieve a sterile environment
  • Subcutaneous– the innermost layer of the integumentary system (skin)
  • Spot Cleaning– To remove and/or clean ONLY areas/items that are soiled or dirty, thereby maintaining the cats “presence” (scent) as much as possible. This will significantly minimize the cats stress.
  • Vaccine– A biological suspension that helps improve the immunity towards a certain disease
  • Viremic– Presence of a virus in the blood
  • Zoonoses– A zoonotic disease is an infection that is naturally transmitted from vertebrate animals to humans