Protective Measures for Veterinary Staff While They Protect Animals: The Houston SPCA

With all those attractive animals visible from the entrance, it wouldn’t be surprising if visitors to the Houston SPCA didn’t notice the veterinary pharmacy housed there.

Houston SPCA residents Taylor, Paddie, Smokey Joe, Peaches and Betty,
each looking for a permanent home.
The Houston SPCA provides services to more than100,000 animals each year, including dispensing medications compounded in their own pharmacy.

The organization promotes commitment to and respect for all animals, seeking to free them from suffering, abuse and exploitation.

The Winged Sentry for the veterinary pharmacy

Sentry Air employees are animal lovers. So we were happy to donate a compact negative-pressure, laminar flow hood (also known as a Model 200 Winged Sentry) for the pharmacy.

Veterinary pharmacy activities may include compounding liquid medications for respiratory ailments that may occur in both dogs and cats.
Our bench-top Winged Sentry unit offers additional respiratory protection to veterinary pharmacists.

It is equipped with two types of filters, an activated carbon filter, which absorbs a variety of medical and industrial compounds, and a HEPA filter to capture airborne particles as small as 0.3 microns in size. Particles of that size can not be seen by the human eye.

[As a point of reference, most bacteria range in size from .3 to 15 microns, while mold spores may range from 2 to 100 microns in diameter].

Dr. Becky Rhoades, Director of Veterinary Services at the Houston SPCA,
demonstrates how the Winged Sentry laminar flow hood pulls fumes
and particulates away from veterinary pharmacists while they
compound medicines for their animal residents.

 Cleanliness: animals like it

At Houston SPCA, every surgery is followed by disinfection of the operating room. As well, bedding and kennels have to be sanitary so the resident animals can remain healthy.

Caregivers use a disinfectant that is effective against multiple bacterial strains, viruses and fungi. The disinfectant must be mixed into a solution using the powder form of the disinfectant.

Sentry Air’s application specialists are aware that mixing powders often creates a plume of airborne particles small enough to be inhaled.

To provide an additional layer of respiratory safety for the staff members who mix the disinfectant, Sentry Air donated a compact ductless fume hood, with a HEPA filter, designed to protect both the operator’s breathing zone and the surrounding environment from particulates.

Dr. Rhoades places disinfectant and mixing tools into the Sentry Air 
ductless fume hood, which removes hazardous materials 
from the operator’s breathing zone, capturing them
 in filters before they can be released into the surrounding area.

Veterinary worker safety

Houston SPCA regards our units as tools that will help keep their veterinary team safe as they “work tirelessly to give orphaned, abused and neglected animals a chance at life.”

Dennie Boyer and Omar Ilsever of Sentry Air with Dr. Becky Rhoades,
Director of Veterinary Services, Houston SPCA

Sentry Air believes all workers should be able to breathe safe air. We feel privileged to have been welcomed into the Houston SPCA family and are honored to support the organization’s positive role in the community.