Staff and Students Working with Animals

The Occupational Health Program for Animal Related Activities

The Occupational Health Program (OHP) for Animal Related Activities addresses the health risks which may result from working with animals, or working with animals in animal care activities. OHP is a prevention program related to occupational diseases, as well as diseases and incidents involving animals. Participation in OHP is mandatory for personnel in contact with non-human primates. It is voluntary but recommended for personnel in contact with other animal species. The OHP for animal related activities participation form can be found here.

For staff members, the Occupational Health Program provides all necessary vaccinations and medical surveillance through appointments in the Occupational Health Clinic. Yearly PPD testing clinics and medical support services in the event of an exposure are also provided. Appointments to see the nurse in the Occupational Health Clinic can be made by contacting the OHP Administrator at 514-398-4766.

For students, the Occupational Health Program provides medical support services in the event of an exposure, as well as yearly PPD testing clinics for Non-Human Primate users at the Occupational Health Clinic. Students participating in the program receive their vaccinations by contacting Student Health Services.

Students who have had a positive PPD test should contact the OHP Administrator at 514-398-4766 to book an appointment for a Quantiferon-TB gold blood test in the Occupational Health Clinic.

 

Medical Surveillance

Animal bites or other accidents involving animals are not covered here, for more information please see Reporting an Animal Related Exposure.

For those that work with non-human primates (NHP), participation in the Occupational Health Program is mandatory and includes:

  • a medical/allergy questionnaire with a nurse consultation
  • a tetanus booster every 10 years
  • hepatitis A vaccination (2 doses)
  • annual PPD testing 

 

For those that work with rodents, cats, dogs, etc., participation in the Occupational Health Program is voluntary but strongly recommended and includes:

  • a medical/allergy questionnaire with a nurse consultation
  • a tetanus booster every 10 years