Occupational Health Program

Mandatory Enrollment

All persons who will be significantly exposed to live vertebrate animals within the research and teaching programs at the University must enroll in the IACUC's Occupational Health program, as delineated within our campus-wide standards for animal care and use and in compliance with Public Health Service Policy and AAALAC International. As a component of the program, this involves your completion of an Animal Use Health Questionnaire. These completed questionnaires are reviewed by a contracted licensed health care professional at Specialty Health Medical Clinic in Reno relative to your stated roles on animal projects and your allergy and immunization history.  The information contained in the health questionnaires is kept confidential.  Medical follow-up, possibly including immunization updates and other preventive medicine actions or recommendations from the health provider is offered without cost to you.  Health clearance statements are then sent to the IACUC Office to confirm your completion of this step. Please be aware that you may decline participation as shown in the front sections of the questionnaire, and you may then choose to participate at any later time.  While either option is acceptable, you must at a minimum complete and return the form (see below) before you will be allowed to work with vertebrate animals in the campus research and teaching programs.  Due to the potential for changing health conditions (including animal allergies), persons enrolled in this program must submit an updated Animal Use Health Questionnaire every three years. The IACUC office will remind you when that is due.

In some cases, you will be asked to participate in the respiratory protection program, as administered through the University's EH&S Occupational Health program area.  The Animal User Medical Questionnaire for Respirator Use must also be filled out in such cases.  The need to participate in this program is determined in part during medical review of your health history at the Specialty Health Medical Clinic and in part by your job related activity at the University. Please contact your supervisor if you have additional questions about this issue.

Return the completed Animal Use Health Questionnaire form to the office address listed below, where it will then be forwarded to the Specialty Health Medical Clinic.  In this way, your participation in this program element can be tracked for expeditious handling and approval.  Enclose it in a sealed envelope, writing your name on the outside of the envelope.

IACUC Office
Nellor 208, Mailstop 340
University of Nevada, Reno
1664 N. Virginia Street
Reno,  NV  89557