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Occupational Health

The Animal Workers Medical Surveillance Program (AWMSP) is an occupational health program for all paid employees of the University who come in contact with live animals, animal tissues, or animal wastes while performing their job duties. The program is administered by the Industrial Hygienist in the Environmental Health and Safety office. Before participating in an animal based teaching or research project all University personnel listed on animal care and use protocols or employed at a University animal facility must complete and sign and submit one of the following:

Instructions for completing forms are available online. For further assistance contact the Office of Research Assurances (208-885-6162). Completed forms should be submitted to or: 

    Office of Research Assurances 
    Morrill Hall 209
    Campus Zip 3010

The following materials are provided for your education and are not a substitute for consultation with your physician.

Zoonotic Disease Links
A zoonotic disease is a disease of animals that can be transmitted to and cause disease in humans. Animals may or may not show any clinical signs of the disease.

  • UC Davis Risk Analysis Tools - a quick way to learn about common occupationally related diseases associated with animals
  • Preventing Disease, Disability and Premature Death - U.S. Airforce
  • National Center for Emerging and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases (NCEZID)
  • World Health Organization Database of Zoonotic Diseases
  • Preventing Hantavirus Disease

Other Resources

  • National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH)
    • Preventing Asthma in Animal Handlers
    • Preventing Allergic Reactions to Rubber Latex in the Workplace