ABSTRACT: This article aims to review Toxocara canis and the effects of this zoonotic parasite on people in the UK in the form of toxocariasis. This is achieved by reviewing the prevalence of T.canis and then toxocariasis. Preventative options are identified as using anthelmintics, clearing faeces and basic hygiene. These preventative measures are only achievable with effective education of pet owners by veterinary professionals including veterinary nurses. As a result, veterinary nurses can have a key role in the One Health approach whereby they can help protect the health of animals and people through education.


Hanna Buckoke BSc (Hons) RVN

Hanna gained a BSc (Hons) in veterinary nursing in 2011. Since then she has worked in a variety of veterinary practices both in the UK and abroad. She has also worked for a large pet food company. She is currently working as an animal management lecturer at Hadlow college.

Keywords: Toxocara canis; toxocariasis; egg count; anthelmintic

To cite this article: Veterinary Nursing Journal • VOL 35 (04) • April 2020  pp96-98

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