Prior to IACUC protocol approval, you and your staff must be enrolled in the WFU Occupational Health Program for Animal Workers based on your exposure to animals. Contact Miranda Moore (firstname.lastname@example.org or 336-716-3540).
Humans and animals can share diseases. The Occupational Health Program is preventative medicine for people at WFU who are exposed to animals in research or teaching. The program 1) documents testing people for specific diseases, such as tuberculosis and measles and 2) provides vaccination against acquiring specific diseases, such as tetanus.
For details by species see Occupational Health and Zoonotic Concerns When Using Laboratory Animals or Tissues
Occupational Health Program
Measles, Mumps, & Rubella
Dogs, Cats**, Ferrets, Bats
hamsters, guinea pigs, rodents (rats, mice), rabbits, fish, other farm animals, birds, cold-blooded vertebrates (reptiles, amphibians)
*TB testing occurs every 6 months for persons working with nonhuman primates because tuberculosis can be devastating and terminal to these animals. Testing occurs annually for exposure to all other species.
Persons working with animals can develop allergies to particular groups of animals even after years of exposure. The annual questionnaire is designed to identify employees with these allergies.
All employees and visitors working with animals must document either a negative TB blood test or normal chest radiograph to show no active signs of tuberculosis. For more details click here to visit the Employee Health website.
Documentation of tetanus immunization must occur every 10 years for employees or visitors who will be exposed to any animal in research or teaching.
An MMR screen is required of all new employees whether they will be exposed to animals or not. It is also required for visitors who will be exposed to nonhuman primates. If immunity is not demonstrated, then immunization may be recommended.
Rabies vaccine will be offered to employees who work with dogs, cats, ferrets or bats.
For a more complete list by species, see Occupational Health and Zoonotic Concerns When Using Laboratory Animals or Tissues.
Sheep and other ruminants are common hosts. In humans the disease is much like the flu, although it can progress to serious illness in a small percentage of the population, particularly those with certain heart conditions or compromised immune systems. Consult with Employee Health Services before working with these animals if you have these conditions.
This virus is carried by nonhuman primates of the genus Macaca, which includes rhesus, cynomolgus, bonnet, pigtail and stumptail monkeys. Risk is low with proper protective equipment and procedures but exposure can be fatal to humans.
Some diseases can be transmitted to a fetus. Of additional concern during pregnancy are disease carried by cats (Toxoplasmosis), ruminants (Q fever) and primates.
The contents of these records are considered private health information and are protected under HIPAA regulations. Any consultation with Employee Health Services staff about your health and working with animals is also confidential. As a general rule results of your tests will not be shared; however, some additional persons including WFU IACUC staff will learn whether or not you have completed program requirements as part of their duties. Information will be shared between the IACUC and Employee Health Services only on a case-specific, need-to-know basis.
We need your date of birth (DOB) and your full name to confirm your identity and to prevent us from putting the wrong information in your record.
This Program is administered by the Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Employee Health Services
WFBMC Employee Health Services will inform you by email of your requirements, based on the information provided about you in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee protocol.
The occupational health program is designed to protect both you and animal populations. Your specific medical requirements in the program depend upon the species of animal involved. Often times the only requirements are an annual test for TB and completion of a questionnaire about your allergies.
WF Baptist Medical Center Employee Health Services will inform you by email of your requirements, based on the information provided about you in the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee protocol.
There are different options for completing the medical requirements and communicating with WF Baptist Medical Center Employee Health Services, depending upon whether you are faculty/staff or a student/trainee. Be aware that some options may include out of pocket expenses.