Illness and Injury Prevention Among Animal Caretakers

Category: Agricultural Health, Occupational Safety and Health, Rural Health



The goal of Illness & Injury Prevention Among Animal Caretakers is provide a basic understanding of the hazards for individuals that handle or treat livestock on a regular basis. Animal caretakers engage in demanding tasks moving livestock and equipment and may be inadvertently kicked, bitten, or exposed to biological hazards.

Intended Audience

The intended audience for this course is rural health professionals.


The length for this course is approximately 60 minutes depending on the individual user. Upon completion of the course, you will get a certificate of completion from the Great Plains Center of Agricultural Health at the University of Iowa College of Public Health.

Prerequisite Requirement

NA, however, it is advisable that you have some basic understanding of agricultural environment.

Learning Objectives

At the end of this course, you will be able to:


  • Describe the magnitude and impact of injury and illness among animal caretakers.

  • Recognize causes of injury and illness among animal caretakers.

  • Apply the Hierarchy of Controls, a framework to reduce exposure to hazards associated with animal caretaking.


Core Competencies for Public Health Professionals

Domain 3: Communication Skills

3A2. Communicates in writing and orally with linguistic and cultural proficiency (e.g., using age-appropriate materials, incorporating images).


Before you begin, please take the pretest. The pretest score will not be counted toward your final score.

The content for this course is an overview and six topics covering musculoskeletal disorders, sharps injuries, hearing loss, dermatitis, respiratory disease, and fatigue/burnout.

The course includes a learning module with interactivity and scenario application activities, a list of resources, and a posttest at the end of this course. A Certificate of Completion is awarded on successful completion of this course. In order to successfully complete this course, you MUST score 70% or higher on the posttest. If you do not receive 70% on the posttest, you may review the material and re-take it.


The following organizations collaborated on the development of this course: The Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health and the Midwestern Public Health Training Center, University of Iowa College of Public Health (MPHTC–UICPH).

This project is supported by Grant Number 5 U54 OH007548-11 from the CDC – NIOSH for the Agricultural Medicine Core Course (Diane Rohlman, PI) a project within the Great Plains Center for Agricultural Health (Renee Anthony, PI).  Course contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of the CDC or NIOSH.