Minnesota Veterinary Personnel Occupational Hazards Study
The delivery of veterinary medical care carries with it inherent risks. Veterinary personnel can be injured by animals or equipment, contract infectious diseases, or develop allergic and/or respiratory conditions as a result of their daily work. Such risks are referred to as occupational hazards and in veterinary medicine include the following categories: physical hazards, musculoskeletal injury and discomfort, infectious disease, respiratory hazards and allergies, reproductive hazards, chemical hazards, and mental health hazards.
The following is a Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) conducted a survey of occupational hazards to determine the extent to which all veterinary personnel are exposed to the hazards present in veterinary medicine.