This document provides guidelines and standardized procedures for minimizing risk associated with animals on campus. Human contact with live animals at petting zoos creates the potential for disease transmission such as E coli and other zoonotic diseases so risk should be minimized. Risk of transmission can be reduced by (i) avoiding direct contact with animals or surfaces in which animals have had contact and (ii) allowing only supervised contact with animals followed by hand washing.
Generally, only non-dangerous, mature domestic animals with the required documentation are allowed. Inherently dangerous or wild animals as defined in Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 27-5-5, shall not be permitted in any animal exhibit or petting zoo on campus. However, rare exceptions may be made, subject to providing documentation required by the Official Code of Georgia Annotated § 27-5-5 and receiving approval by the Georgia Tech Director of Insurance.
Owners and/or providers of animals to be exhibited and/or part of a petting zoo must provide:
*Sources: University of Texas EHS Animal Exhibit Policy, National Assoc. of State Public Health Veterinarians-Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2011, Iowa State University Petting Zoo Policy.