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Health and Safety
Health and safety considerations for pregnant farm animal vets
  1. Fiona Lovatt

    Fiona Lovatt graduated from Bristol in 1995 and was awarded a PhD in conservation genetics from Durham in 2008. She works in the farm department of a large mixed practice based at Barnard Castle, County Durham, and is an active member of the Sheep Veterinary Society. With two small daughters, she has twice been involved in developing risk assessments for a pregnant farm animal vet.

  2. Alastair Mitchell

    Alastair Mitchell joined the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) in 1991, in Worcester. In 2004, he moved to the HSE's Policy Group (agriculture and food sector), where he works in the health, education and chemicals section. His other areas of responsibility include vocational qualifications, manual handling and veterinary matters.


FARM animal work will inevitably expose vets to a variety of different hazards and risks. It is the legal duty of all employers to assess the risks to the health and safety of their employees arising from these hazards and to do what is reasonably practicable to control the risks. With more female veterinary staff than ever before, employers are increasingly being faced with situations in which pregnancy has an impact on the running of their business. Fiona Lovatt and Alastair Mitchell highlight some of the issues that employers may need to consider when preparing a risk assessment relevant to the work of a pregnant farm animal vet.

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