The Public Health Service Policy on Humane Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (under authority of the Health Research Extension Act of 1985) requires that each university receiving federal support for research involving vertebrate animals have a Medical Monitoring Program for personnel who either work in animal facilities or have substantial animal contact. In accordance with the National Research Council's Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals and Occupational Health and Safety in the Care and Use of Research Animals as well as other documents, Florida State University (FSU) has developed a Medical Monitoring Program for Vertebrate Animal Exposure (MMPVAE).
The purpose of the program is to ensure individuals are aware of possible hazards while working with or in the presence of laboratory animals. The program is designed to prevent, monitor, and reduce diseases transmitted from animals to man (zoonotic diseases). In addition, educational programs have been established to educate personnel about zoonotic diseases, personal hygiene, and other related issues.
The University has implemented this medical monitoring program for vertebrate animal exposure. The program is a result of the University's desire to meet or exceed health and safety requirements established by the National Institutes of Health/National Research Council (NIH/NRC), and is designed to protect individuals working with vertebrate animals. Such individuals are evaluated by an occupational health physician with respect to the type and extent of his/her animal contact, and are advised on the inherent risks involved with the animal research and the recommended medical services in an effort to provide a healthy and safe work environment.