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So what is a "fomite"? I'm sure you're curious now. Here is the definition according to the dictionay:
"An object that may be contaminated with infectious organisms and serve in their transmission."
Almost anything can be a fomite really. Your hairbrush, chapstick, clothes, hair tie, toothbrush... etc. You know when you were a kid and your mom told you not to share you drink, brush, and other stuff with friends? Well that's because she didn't want you to get lice or sick with the flu.
The same thing goes for animals. Fomites in a veterinary setting are present everywhere. Towels, bowls, bandage scissors, brushes, etc. The list is endless really. Even the cage doors were considered fomites and we were required to clean them regularly. Your veterinary hospital should take a lot of care in cleaning everything that they use. Sometimes, it felt like that's all we did - clean and disinfect.