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About VS - Mission


APHIS works in a variety of ways to protect and improve the health, quality, and marketability of our nation's animals, animal products and veterinary biologics. This subject area describes many of the diseases facing animals today, as well the steps APHIS is taking to prevent, control, and eliminate those conditions.

As the Nation's veterinary authority, VS improves the health, productivity, and quality of life for animals and people, and maintains and promotes the safety and availability of animals, animal products, and veterinary biologics. VS integrates One Health principles with our USDA business objectives by contributing leadership, expertise, infrastructure, networks, and systems to collaborate effectively with local, State, Tribal, national, and international partners. Our comprehensive and integrated on-farm surveillance activities provide us the capability to achieve national goals for animal disease prevention, detection, and early response.

VS Vision

Together with its customers and stakeholders, Veterinary Services employs innovative methods in fulfilling its mission. Veterinary Services' decisions are grounded on the best science and information. Veterinary Services is committed to civil rights and to continuous learning and improvements.

Organizational Structure

View the functions and structure of all VS programs (organizational charts).

VS Vision and Science (formerly VS2015)

View information about the Vision and Science effort, including links to a fact sheet and responses to frequently asked questions.

VS Privacy Policy

We do not collect personal information when visiting the VS web site unless the user chooses to provide this information to us. However, certain information is collected and stored automatically.

VS Area Offices

VS Area Offices carry out the VS mission at the state level across the United States. Some of the programs and services provided include:

  • Health Certificate Endorsement
  • Supplies for Disease Control and Eradication Programs
  • Export Certifications
  • Import Inspections
  • Disease Surveillance
  • Veterinary Accreditation
  • Responding to Animal Health Emergencies
  • Cervidae TB Accreditation
  • Scrapie Program
  • Informational Presentations and Materials
  • Animal Health Monitoring Programs

Complete and signed International Health Certificates for the export of animals from the United States must be endorsed by a Veterinary Services area office. If you have questions or concerns regarding regulations for exporting animals or animal products to a foreign country, you should contact the VS area office in the State from which the animals or products will be exported.



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