COVID-19 Prevention Information

We will do everything reasonably possible to make sure you stay safe while participating in research studies. We know that COVID-19 will be in our community for many months. The University of Arizona has created internal guidance to assist research teams in minimizing transmission of COVID-19 in research spaces and in the community. We appreciate your participation in our study and willingness to abide by any new guidelines.

What are we, at the Arizona Canine Cognition Center, doing to protect research participants?

  1. Our research team members are vaccinated and screened daily to ensure that they are not showing any symptoms of COVID-19 before coming into work. We are also screening research participants (see Participant Wellness Screen below) for symptoms before commencing any research study visit.
  2. All participants who visit campus are required to wear a mask.
  3. We ask all participants' parents to please immediately contact us if they or their child experience symptoms and/or are diagnosed with COVID-19 up to 14 days after any study visit. We will then promptly contact any families who have visited within two weeks of the symptomatic or positive participant’s/parent’s visit.
  4. We are disinfecting all shared items and spaces immediately after each participant visit.
  5. To increase the time between participants visits, we are limiting participant visits to occur every 24 hours. We are also limiting the number of staff who will be interacting with participants to two vaccinated research personnel.
  6. We are providing hand sanitizer throughout the visit.
  7. Our research team members are required to wear appropriate personal protective equipment, including masks, during your visit.

Risks associated with COVID-19 infection are well known and we know that the disease can be obtained through close contact with someone who is sick or someone who has the virus but is not showing symptoms. While we have done everything possible to reduce transmission of COVID-19, we cannot guarantee that you will not be exposed to COVID-19 during your research visit.

Participation in research is valuable but also voluntary.  If you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact us at our email dogs@email.arizona.edu or call (520) 621-2646.  If it’s possible, we may be able to modify study procedures to address your concerns.