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. The 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. To participate in the program, complete an OHP participation form

For McGill staff, the OHP provides all necessary vaccinations and medical surveillance through appointments in the Occupational Health Clinic as well as medical support services in the event of an exposure. Appointments to see the nurse in the Occupational Health Clinic can be made by kathryn.wiens [at] mcgill.ca (subject: OHP%20appointment%20request) (emailing the OHP Administrator).

For McGill students, the OHP provides medical support services in the event of an exposure, as well as bi-annual PPD testing clinics for non-human primate (NHP) users in the Occupational Health Clinic. Students participating in the program receive their vaccinations by contacting the Student Wellness Hub, but can kathryn.wiens [at] mcgill.ca (subject: OHP%20appointment%20request) (email the OHP Administrator) to book an appointment in the Occupational Health Clinic for a measles titer.

As well, students who have had a positive PPD test should kathryn.wiens [at] mcgill.ca (subject: OHP%20appointment%20request) (email the OHP Administrator) to book an appointment for a Quantiferon-TB gold blood test in the Occupational Health Clinic.

OHP Medical Surveillance

Animal bites or other accidents involving animals are not covered here, for more information please see What to Do in the Event of 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
     

As of Fall 2018, for those working with marmosets also require:

  • a measles titer to prove immunity
     

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

     

     

     

     

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