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Hosting Animal Research Visitors

Guidance on Training, Occupational Health and Safety for Visitors (non-employees) to WFSM Who Will Be Exposed to Research Animals

Some non-employees visiting WFSM observe or participate in research activities involving animals. Exposure to research animals can include risk to visitors and to research animals. For example, persons with suppressed immune systems are vulnerable to illness from some animals. On the other hand, some diseases like M. Tuberculosis can be managed medically in humans, but is deadly for some animals. 

View the Decision Tree for IACUC Requirements of Visitors.

Things to Consider at Least TWO WEEKS BEFORE Visit

  1. Will the visitor be within 10 feet of a live research animal or handle animal tissues?
    • Yes. Submit the Animal Exposure Questionnaire for Visitors from the WFU Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), which will assist you in determining medical (occupational health) and training requirements. Contact Miranda Moore (mlmoore@wfubmc.edu, 336-716-3540) with questions. Then, go to 2.
    • No, then no action is needed related to animal research.
  2. Will the visitor receive WFBMC badge, MEDCTR ID, or MEDCTR email address?
    • Yes. Contact Human Resources: Workforce Planning and Development to onboard your visitor. Add the visitor to your IACUC protocol(s) by submitting a personnel amendment to the IACUC.
    • No. Although the visitor may be here for only a short period, some animal research-related medical and training requirements may still apply (see Decision Tree for IACUC Requirements of Visitors); use this set of forms: Escorted Visitor Packet. The visitor is likely to be exempt from Human Resources procedures and WFBMC orientation. Contact IACUC staff for assistance. The visitor should be escorted at all times by the WFSM sponsor, or designee.
  3. What are animal related training, safety and medical requirements?
    • The linked Animal Use Table and Occupational Health Table list requirements and is provided for information purposes. For actual requirements, use the contacts above. Requirements depend on species, level of exposure to animals, and the type of activities that will performed.