Clinical Studies

Is MRSP in your hospital?

“Environmental MRSP surveillance in small animal primary care hospitals”


Purpose of Study

Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus pseudintermedius (MRSP) is a common opportunistic pathogen that can cause recurrent and difficult to treat infections in dogs and other companion animals due to limited antimicrobial therapy options. The purpose of this study is to determine prevalence of MRSP in the environment of small animal primary care hospitals, and to test the efficacy of an infection control intervention to decrease environmental contamination with the goal of reducing risk of within-hospital transmission.


This study will provide a detailed report of MRSP screening results in your hospital as well as a summarized report of results for all participating hospitals. Hospital identities will be kept anonymous. More broadly, this study will provide information about the prevalence and transmission dynamics of MRSP, it will aid in design of more effective infection control policies/protocols in small animal primary care hospitals, and it will contribute to the overall prevention, control, and containment strategies of antimicrobial resistance. All intervention materials will remain property of your hospital. Additionally, the hospital that has the highest survey response rate will be provided with a complimentary pizza lunch. .

Enrollment Requirements

Enrolled clinics must:

  • Be private small animal primary care hospitals in Spokane, WA or the surrounding area
  • Be willing to participate in a simple intervention (materials provided by WSU)
  • Be willing to allow five three-hour visits by the researcher for data collection. Visits will be approximately one month apart.
  • Hospital personnel must be willing to answer a brief questionnaire TWICE; once at the beginning of the study, and once at the end.

Study Methods

Once enrolled, the researcher will visit your hospital on a monthly basis for five consecutive months to collect data. This process will consist of sampling various environmental surfaces throughout the hospital and will cause very minimal or no interference at all with routine clinic activities. During the first visit the clinic will receive intervention materials and instructions for implementation. On the first and last visit, hospital employees will be asked to voluntarily participate in answering a brief questionnaire.

Contact Information

For more information please contact:

Andrea Perkins, MPH, PhDc, Veterinary Sciences,
Cell: 509-432-5095