I'd like to know what precautions taxidermists take to protect themselves from disease, bacteria, fleas when working. I am well aware that people are far more likely to pick up germs from other people than from a dead animal BUT....you do have to watch out for things. I got vaccinated for rabies several years ago after I cut myself through a glove while skinning a raccoon. (My Washington DC doctor did great job keeping a straight face when I told her I was skinning a raccoon.) The raccoon appeared healthy, but mammals can incubate rabies before showing symptoms. Do taxidermists all get rabies vaccines like vets and nuisance animal technicians? I've read that a vulture's stomach is full of virulent flesh-eating bacteria that would kill a person. Sure I don't envision ever working on birds of prey as a hobbiest but still. I flash freeze small animals and usually spray 70% isopropyl on the fur before starting work. I plug leaky butts with cotton balls and a spray of Lysol. I keep my mouth closed when skinning. (You only make that mistake once.) Please share your thoughts and stories.