Laboratory Animal Medicine

Laboratory Animal Medicine (Third Edition)

American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine
2015, Pages 1297-1312
Laboratory Animal Medicine

Chapter 27 - Working Safely with Experimental Animals Exposed to Biohazards

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There has been a significant increase in research scope and number of facilities conducting research with biological hazards due to heightened concerns by state and federal governments about both bioterrorism and emerging infectious diseases. While the rapid expansion of research in these areas has created some challenges, it has also provided some excellent advances as a new generation of professionals has looked at many old issues with a fresh set of eyes. Many factors are involved in the use of practices, equipment, and techniques that allow the safe and humane use of animals exposed to biohazards. Some of the key issues discussed include the risk assessment process, managing an animal biocontainment program, standard practices, and the provision of veterinary care. Other considerations are also reviewed, such as oversight requirements for animal research involving biohazards, occupational health, training and competency, and emergency/disaster planning.

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