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Injuries and Bites

Animal bites that need follow-up medical care.
If you are injured while handling an animal:

Clean the wound, wash or flush the contaminated area thoroughly.

  • Notify your faculty supervisor, Department Safety Coordinator, College Safety Coordinator (801-422-6875, 5008 LSB) and/or RM&S (801-422-4468) immediately.
  • Proceed to Urgent Care at the Student Health Center from 8 AM to 5 PM Monday–Friday for evaluation and post exposure follow-up. During night or weekends, go directly to the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center for evaluation and post exposure follow-up.

For lacerations and puncture wounds where no potential biological hazard is present:

  • Wash the affected area with mild soap and water for at least 5 minutes.
  • Use direct pressure to stop bleeding if needed.
  • Apply antibacterial ointment and a clean bandage that will not stick to the wound.
  • Inform your faculty supervisor, Department Safety Coordinator, College Safety Coordinator (801-422-6875) of the incident.
  • If stitches or further medical treatment is needed proceed directly to the BYU Student Health Center during work hours, or if after hours go to UVRMC ER.

Reporting a Bite

  • See LARC Animal Bite SOP
  • If the bite causes a serious injury requiring medical attention, the supervisors will complete a Workers Compensation Injury Report. Find form on the Risk Management and Safety Website: https://risk.byu.edu/ .