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Protective Clothing Policy

1.      Scope

1.1       All students of the CVM who are working with animals or biological material should be familiar with the following clothing policy. Failure to comply with this policy may result in disciplinary action. Course syllabi and laboratory manuals can be sources of additional specific information for areas such as research, anatomy, and diagnostic laboratories, necropsy, and the Large Animal Teaching and Research Center.

1.2       Appropriate footwear means any shoe that covers the entire foot up to at least the ankle. Clogs that have holes in the top are NOT acceptable lab wear.

1.3       Protective apparel should not be worn away from campus, but rather should be changed into upon arrival and before leaving. Changing areas nearest to student lockers or anterooms should be utilized. When walking to/from a designated area or to/from another area of campus and remaining there, a clean full length white lab coat should be worn as an outer layer of protective wear over surgical scrubs to avoid cross contamination between locations.

2.      Specific areas

2.1.      Surgery and Anesthesia

  • The protective clothing for all persons engaged in official activities in surgery and anesthesia areas are class color scrubs, disposable shoe covers, and caps. Class color scrubs provide a visual indication of how far a given student has advanced in the veterinary curriculum.  Professors of anesthesia wear a different color scrub in order to be more easily visible to students during procedures. Scrubs should be donned in appropriate locations close to the time of surgery and covered with a lab coat at all times when not in surgery.
  •  Any individual entering the surgery room or surgery preparation areas must also wear class color scrubs or a green gown over their clothing.

2.2       Large Animal areas including barns, paddocks, pastures, and stalls

  • When working with livestock in these areas, individuals may wear either coveralls or class color scrubs.
  • Rubber boots, rubber overshoes, or disposable boots are to be worn over appropriate footwear in areas where contagious diseases transmitted by feces are likely to be encountered or when working in bovine, equine, and small ruminant areas. Footwear worn in all large animal areas must be sprayed off with a hose and properly decontaminated with brush and detergent in the marked boot wash stations prior to leaving those areas.
  • For the purpose of large animal anatomy palpation laboratories, students may wear a full-length white lab coat over their street clothing or class color scrubs. Students will still be required to wear rubber boots or overshoes that can be properly decontaminated.

2.3       Diagnostic Laboratories

  • Lab coats are to be worn when bench work is being performed in the laboratories. Closed toed shoes are required to work in the laboratory.

2.4       Clinical Pathology, Parasitology, and Microbiology student laboratories

  • Appropriate clothing is a white full-length lab coat worn over clean clothing or class color scrubs.

2.5       Anatomy

  • Individuals are required to wear a white laboratory coat, protective gloves (latex or nitrile), and appropriate footwear when handling wet specimens. Students must also wear a nametag. Changing can be done in the bathroom/changing area near the anatomy laboratory immediately before or after time spent in the anatomy laboratory.

2.6       Necropsy

  • Coveralls or laboratory coats must be worn in all areas of the postmortem room when animals or animal tissue are being handled.
  • Coveralls and laboratory coats should be clean. If they become soiled, they must be changed for clean garments.
  • Rubber boots are required (treaded rubber sole preferred).
  • Gloves must be worn at all times.
  • Protective eye wear should be used in any situation where ocular exposure to animal fluid might occur.
  • A necropsy impervious apron should be used when processing large or medium animals or when a greater exposure to biological fluids is anticipated.
  • Long hair must be confined to prevent entanglement with objects and animals.
  • Visitors must wear a postmortem room laboratory coat and disposable protective footwear covers.

2.7       Small Animal Clinical & Professional Skills (Schenck Center)

  • Students are required to wear closed toed shoes when in the clinical skills laboratory.
  • In addition, students must wear class color scrubs when practicing aseptic surgical techniques and when participating in cadaver labs.

Large Animal Clinical & Professional Skills

  • Students are required to wear closed toe shoes and laboratory coats or coveralls
  • Skills laboratories involving cadaver tissue will require that students wear protective footwear such as rubber boots, overshoes, or plastic boots that may be properly decontaminated

2.8       Isolation areas

  • Safety glasses or proper isolation protocols must be followed as in indicated in designated areas. Protective over-clothing will be provided in the anterooms of these areas.

2.9       Non-designated Areas

  • Individuals in other areas of campus should dress appropriately according to the guidelines set forth by the university. Individuals should take care to change into and out of their street clothing in appropriate areas according to the above policies.