Department or Program

Environmental Studies


The relationship between humans and companion dogs is recognized as a mutually beneficial relationship. However, because of the close proximity of this relationship, zoonotic pathogenic transfer of MRSA has been recorded in both veterinary clinics and in the community setting. Recent Epidemiological shifts of MRSA from initially a predominately nosocomial infection to an infection found in the general community has lead to increased risk of transmission of methicillin resistance genes within Staphylococcal aureus (MRSA) and intermedius (MRSI) populations. This is of concern for both human and companion dog health. Although transmission rates are currently low, it is important that resistance to antimicrobials, especially the broad spectrum antibiotic methicillin, is managed.

Level of Access

Restricted: Campus/Bates Community Only Access

First Advisor

Lee Abrahamsen

Date of Graduation


Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


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