In order to comply with National Institute of Health (NIH) assurance statement and to ensure that University employee's are not at risk of contracting an animal-related illness due to exposure to farm, research and laboratory animals, the University maintains a medical surveillance program for animal workers.
Medical surveillance includes the completion of medical history forms that are reviewed by a physician. After the review of the medical history information, the physician may recommend a physical, serological testing, or other tests depending the employee’s individual medical history and the species of animals the employee has contact with.
Participation in the program is completely voluntary; there are no repercussions for declining any part or all of the medical surveillance program. Medical records from the program are considered strictly confidential and as such can not be released to any party without the written consent of the employee, except when required by law or where there is a specific need to know because of safety, emergency, or insurance reasons. Finally, all medical expenses relating to the program will be paid by the employee's department.