I work at an animal hospital and I keep getting poison ivy! What can I do to prevent this?

Wear gloves. Good hygiene can prevent you from spreading the allergen of poison ivy onto your skin. Wear protective clothing and gloves when grooming the animals.
Poison Ivy. Poison ivy occurs when a person comes in contact with the oils from the poison ivy plant. Animals can often get those oils on their fur and spread poison ivy to people. The best way to prevent poison ivy is to avoid contact. That means wearing long sleeved shirts and pants and gloves when working with the animals. Also, washing your exposed areas with soap and water within 5 minutes of contact.