APHIS Veterinary Services safeguards U.S. poultry and livestock from the introduction, establishment and spread of foreign animal diseases.This involves regular health surveillance of our domestic animal herds and flocks, as well as monitoring of animal disease outbreaks around the world. APHIS also works with other Federal agencies at airports and maritime ports to inspect and approve incoming shipments of animals and animal products.
Veterinary Services National Center for Animal Health Emergency Management (NCAHEM) manages the Agency's animal health emergency activities.The center develops strategies and policies for effective incident management, and helps coordinate incident responses.As a liaison to outside emergency management groups, they ensure that the Agency's animal health emergency management policies, strategies, and responses are current with national and international standards.
NCAHEM Organizational Chart (pdf; 139KB)
National Veterinary Stockpile (NVS)--NVS is a repository of supplies, vaccines, equipment, and other veterinary resources that can be deployed in an emergency situation.
National Animal Health Emergency Response Corps (NAHERC)--NAHERC is a reserve of veterinarians and animal health technicians that can be deployed to assist during an emergency.
Emergency Management Response System (EMRS)--EMRS is a database system used to manage and investigate U.S. animal disease outbreaks.
National Animal Health Surveillance System (NAHSS)--NAHSS is a network of Federal, State, industry, university, and laboratory partners that provides early detection of diseases that could have a major impact on animal agriculture in the United States.
Last Modified: December 9, 2009