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Health and Pregnancy Policy for Students and Employees

Students and employees of the Program of Veterinary Technology are exposed to health risks not experienced by students and employees engaged in other areas of the College. For most students and employees, these risks are negligible, but they may be greater if the student or employee has physical conditions such as, but not limited to: immuno-suppression, pregnancy, asthma, allergies, and heart problems. It is important that each member of the Program’s community:

  1. Be aware of the potential health risks associated with working in a veterinary clinical environment such as those on-campus at Manor College and those that are part of the externship experience,
  2. Take the required and recommended steps to ensure that the risks are minimized as instructed in each laboratory,
  3. Seek the on-going advice and guidance of a physician in the event that the student or employee has physical conditions that make them more vulnerable to the routine risks of veterinary clinical practice.
  4. Notify the Program Director and follow the steps outlined in the Pregnancy Protocol if one becomes pregnant.

Examples of Risks in Clinical Laboratories

Zoonotic Infections
A wide range of diseases may be spread from animals to humans. These diseases include, but are not limited to, salmonellosis, brucellosis, leptospirosis, rabies, toxoplasmosis, dermatophytosis, viral conjunctivitis, cat scratch fever, psittacosis, and tuberculosis. Students who, for whatever reason, are immuno-suppressed are particularly vulnerable to contracting an illness spread from an animal. They may also be more likely to contract illness from classmates. The unborn fetus may be vulnerable to exposure to toxoplasmosis. 

Students can be bitten, scratched, stepped on, kicked, and shoved by animals. They are vulnerable to back injury when lifting heavy animals or during the restraint of non-cooperative animals.

Anesthetic Gases
Exposure to anesthetic gases will occur during the on-campus surgery and anesthesiology laboratory, and during the off-campus clinical externships.

Cytotoxic compounds, sterilizing, cleaning, preserving and fixing agents and infectious microbes such as toxoplasmosis are all examples of substances that can cause birth defects in the unborn fetus. These are present in the clinical veterinary environment.

Hormones and Drugs
Contact with hormones such as prostaglandins and progesterones can have harmful effects on the normal reproductive cycle of women. Contact with drugs such as chloramphenicol is linked with aplastic anemias in humans.

Ionizing radiation and other sources of radioactive material
Students will be exposed to x-rays, and radioactive markers used in scintigraphy and other special imaging. They may also be exposed to fluoroscopy, and CT imaging.

Pregnancy and Health Risk Protocol:

  1. Students and employees who become pregnant, immuno-suppressed or have health conditions that predispose them to risk during any part of their involvement in the Program of Veterinary Technology at Manor College, are strongly encouraged to notify the Program Director.
  2. Students and employees should make an appointment to meet with the Program Director to discuss health risks, plans for continuation in the program, confidentiality issues, etc.
  3. A Pregnancy and Health Risk Notification and Release form must be completed by the student and employee, which documents that the student or employee is cognizant of the hazards associated with involvement in the Program of Veterinary Technology and has made an informed decision in conjunction with the advise and guidance of a physician.
  4. Pregnant students and employees must be under the care of a physician in order to remain active in the program.
  5. Students and employees are responsible for keeping the Program Director informed of relevant changes in their health status.
  6. Students and employees accept responsibility for using appropriate safety measures to protect their own health (and that of the fetus, if pregnant).

Click here for the printable Pregnancy and Health Risk Notification and Release Form