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DIFFERENCES 1. One of the major differences between a radioactive lab and a veterinary lab is the role and duties they perform. a veterinary lab performs certain functions such as: Molecular Diagnosis and Finding of Pathogen, Biochemical Analysis of Blood Samples , Tests for Poultry Blood & Egg ,Serological Tests on Livestock Blood and Milk. Whereas the function of the radioactive lab includes: assessing the importance and adverse effects of different radioactive substances, radioactive decays e.t.c 2. Radioactive labs use the ALARA (as low as reasonably achievable) principle in their day-to-day work with radioactive materials and radiation sources. It is when one strives to keep one's radiation exposure as low as reasonably. This is due to the fact that radioactive substances are primarily present in a radioactive lab and hence very harmful to lab workers whilst in the veterinary lab there is absence or minimal presence of radioactive elements and substances. their primary concerns are pathogenic organisms which are also harmful to humans and animal in the veterinary labs. Although there are ways of preventing transmission of pathogens to humans and animals in a vet lab, there is no principle applied to the prevention of pathogens. 3. In a radioactive lab there is heavy use of signs and symbols preventing intrusions by unauthorized personnel when working with loose ray materials due to the ...read more.


This alerts the individuals to certain degrees of beta, gamma and alpha radiation particles. Whilst in the veterinary lab, these excesses are not needed since the primary hazard is exposure to radiation. Since the highest penetrative radioactive substance is gamma rays, hence most of the protective clothing are padded with lead as this is the highest resistant of radioactive substances SIMILARITIES 1. In both labs protective apparels such as gloves, goggles, lab coats, closed shoes, are worn at all times. This serves to reduce exposure to harmful substance be it radioactive rays or pathogenic organisms to the barest minimum and also helps avoid spillage on the skin. 2. In radioactive labs they make use of a device called the Geiger counter to determine the presence of radioactive rays and the types of ray although the penetration of the ray (hence the measurement) cannot be taken from these equipment. In the veterinary lab more accurate mechanism are set up to determine the types of pathogenic organisms present, features and the causal effects of each. These includes: QPCR Based Pathogen Detection and Micro array Based Pathogen Detection. GREIGER COUNTER QPCR Based Pathogen Detection 3. Both lab keep inventory logs concerning issues, problems and records involved in their day to day dealings. ...read more.


On the other hand there is evidence to show that certain radioactive element have been helpful in the treatment of certain ailments. They are also used for diagnosis and therapy. Hence scientist who work in a radioactive lab help in the discovery of new radioactive elements which may be beneficial in the treatment of human ailments and diseases. whilst the interest in animal welfare could be attributed to the veterinarians who have raised public interest in the well being of animals and the creation of animal protection groups. They research treatment, nutrition and drugs needed by animals for survival. The major disadvantage of working in a vet lab is the transmission of diseases form animals to humans if proper safety procedures are not carried out. These diseases include rabies, foot and mouth disease, mad cow disease, bird flu (avian influenza) Conclusion Hence in conclusion both labs specialize in the improvement of living be it animals or humans and without them there would be a void which can not be filled. In the case of veterinary labs the problem of extinction could arise in their absence, and in the case of radioactive labs, restriction and diminishing of devices such as x- rays and other radioactive substances which aid in medical treatments could lead to mass death of humans and a return to history where science in general was ineffective. ...read more.

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