Animal Contact Program
The University of Florida’s Animal Contact Program for individuals who have animal contact includes a medical monitoring and an educational component. The Division of Environmental Health and Safety (EH&S) and the Institutional Animal Use and Care Committee (IACUC) jointly oversee the Animal Contact Program. The Student Health Care Center is the medical provider for the program and maintains the medical records.
Medical monitoring is based on the type and frequency of exposure to animals and consists of a risk assessment, follow-up assessments and tests/immunizations as needed. It is part of the University’s Occupational Medicine Program.
The Initial Risk Assessment for Animal Contact form must be completed by all who will have animal contact. It must be reviewed by the Student Health Care Center’s Occupational Medicine provider before the contact begins.
The Renewal Risk Assessment for Animal Contact form must be completed by all with animal contact at least every three years to maintain their approval to work with or around animals at UF. It is also necessary to complete this form if you change species or contact type or frequency.
The educational section provides individuals with health information specific to animal contact and promotes safe working practices.