Vet and veterinary medicine student working with a horse

Working with animals

Animal usage is a key component of many research programs on campus. Working with animals may cause personnel to be exposed to hazards that could adversely affect their health and well-being. This page highlights information and resources for personnel who work with animals.

Policies and procedures

Visit the Animals: Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) or Office of Research Ethics websites for policies, forms, guidance, and education.

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Visit the IBC website for policies, forms, guidance, and education. 


Formaldehyde Awareness Booklet (PDF) - Information about the properties of formaldehyde and its safe use.

Formaldehyde Factsheet (PDF) - Quick guide about formaldehyde and how to protect yourself from exposure.

Select zoonotic diseases may be carried by animals and potentially transmitted to humans. Fortunately, proper precautions can prevent most zoonoses.

Visit the Center for Food Security and Public Health or Iowa State IBC websites for more information about zoonotic diseases.