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Occupational Health

The Office of Laboratory Animal Welfare (OLAW) requires Universities with Public Health Service Funding to have a mandatory occupational health program for all animal users (regardless of funding status or source) as part of their Animal Welfare Assurance.


Each individual participating in University-approved animal work will be expected to submit the following forms via the HIPAA-compliant links below:


  1. Animal Exposure Risk Assessment
  2. Baseline Health Questionnaire
  3. Animal Allergy Screening Questionnaire


Program Highlights

  • Grand Avenue Urgent Care (GAUC) will serve as our contracted Occupational Health Provider
  • Animal users submit screening questionnaires through an online HIPAA-compliant portal for review by GAUC
    • GAUC will contact individuals directly with questions or required follow-up. UW staff will NOT have access to personal health information. Do NOT send UW employees your private health information (PHI)
  • IACUC protocols - PI’s must certify participation in ROAMWyo Animal Oversight for all researchers with more than incidental contact with animals
    • Research Office will confirm this via a list of “cleared” individuals provided by GAUC
    • Individuals will not be approved on new IACUC protocols until “cleared” by GAUC
  • Research Office will cover costs for UW employees/students
  • Approximate Pricing (just an FYI):
    • Each application is $50 plus any required additional services (vaccination, titer etc.)
    • Rabies per injection-$500
    • Rabies booster-$500
    • Provider visit $175
  • Please plan ahead—it could take 2 weeks to receive clearance from GAUC to begin animal work. If you know that you will need vaccinations (e.g. rabies) please plan accordingly and begin this process as soon as possible. This is particularly important for seasonal employees.
    • We do not plan to “halt” research for those already involved in animal work. We will ask that you submit your questionnaires online at your earliest convenience. 


Additional Resources about UW's Animal Research Program can be found at: 

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Animal Occupational Health & Safety Program (AOHSP) FAQ’s

  1. UW employees/students with more than incidental contact with animals (including departmental animal caretakers, and facilities employees)
  2. PI of an IACUC Protocol
  1. Upon submittal of a new IACUC protocol
  2. Upon annual/continuing review of IACUC protocol
  3. When added on to an IACUC protocol (personnel amendment)
  1. You do not need to wait for any of the above events to occur before you enroll in AOHSP. We strongly encourage UW employee animal users to enroll at their earliest convenience via the HIPAA-compliant secure portal.
  1. Only Grand Avenue Urgent Care (GAUC) will have access to your forms and Protected Health Information (PHI).
  2. Do NOT share PHI with UW employees
  1. You may not work with animals until you are “cleared” via GAUC
  2. If you are not able work with animals you must inform your Supervisor/PI to find alternative ways you can contribute to the research project
  3. If you are listed on a protocol but are not “cleared” expect contact from the Research Office
  1. Animal users must resubmit their forms once a year prior to the Annual/Continuing Review as your health status may change
Research & Economic Development Division will cover costs for UW employees/students.

Approximate Pricing (just an FYI):

  • Each application is $50 plus any required additional services (vaccination, titer etc.)
  • Rabies per injection-$500
  • Rabies booster-$500
  • Provider visit $175
  1. It could take up to 2 weeks for them to review forms and communicate with animal users
  2. Please plan ahead if you anticipate you will need vaccinations or other interventions

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