Other Conditions & Exposures

Expert reports about Other Conditions & Exposures


INFORMATION FOR WOMEN WHO ARE THINKING OF WORKING, ARE WORKING, OR HAVE WORKED AS A VETERINARIAN OR VETERINARY TECHNICIAN DURING PREGNANCY OR BREASTFEEDING

 

What factors of Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician Work are Relevant to Pregnancy?

Being a veterinarian, veterinary technician, or performing some other work at a veterinary clinic entails numerous factors that are issues if you are pregnant, thinking of becoming pregnant, or are breastfeeding. Working with various animals can expose you to a range of diseases, as well as medications, bacterial and parasitic infections, chemical agents that can cause toxic or allergic reactions, the possibility of suffering a bite, or a needle stick. You also can be exposed to anesthetic gases or ionizing radiation. You may be required to lift heavy animals or objects, or hold down an animal, plus you may work long hours or perform night shift work that can disrupt your sleep cycle.


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