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To investigate the risk of birth defects in offspring offemale veterinarians exposed to occupational hazards such as radiation,anesthetic gases, and pesticides in veterinary practice. Methods: TheHealth Risks of Australian Veterinarians project was conducted as aquestionnaire-based survey of all graduates from Australian veterinaryschools during the 40-year period 1960–2000. Results: In a multiplelogistic regression controlling for the potential confounders, the studyshowed an increased risk of birth defects in offspring of femaleveterinarians after occupational exposure to high dose of radiation(taking more than 10 x-ray films per week, odds ratio: 5.73 95% CI:1.27 to 25.80) and an increase risk of birth defects after occupationalexposure to pesticides at least once per week (odds ratio: 2.39 95% CI:0.99 to 5.77) in veterinarians exclusively working in small animalpractice. Conclusion: Female veterinarians should be informed of thepossible reproductive effects of occupational exposures to radiation andpesticides. (J Occup Environ Med. 2009;51:525–533)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)525-533
JournalJournal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2009


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