Zoonotic diseases are a common concern for veterinary professionals. Zoonotic disease, or zoonoses, are terms used to describe any infection that can be naturally transmitted from animals to humans. Zoonotic diseases can be bacterial, viral, parasitic, or fungal. Veterinary professionals are at a much higher risk of exposure to these diseases than the general population. For this reason, it is important to be aware of their existence, how they are transmitted and what precautions should be taken to control and prevent exposure. Below is a list of some of the common diseases, how they are spread, the risk and how to protect yourself.