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Animal Health

Veterinary Services Reorganization
APHIS Veterinary Services reorganized in November 2013. Under its new structure, VS is organized into four strategically focused units: Surveillance, Preparedness and Response (SPRS), National Import Export Services (NIES), Science, Technology and Analysis (STAS) and Program Support Services (PSS). The links below provide information about the new structure:

APHIS works in a variety of ways to protect and improve the health, quality, and marketability of our nation's animals (including various wildlife), 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.

Proposed National List of Reportable Animal Diseases and Emerging Diseases Framework: Veterinary Services is seeking stakeholder feedback on two related documents that address reporting of and response to animal diseases. 

Business Plans: Veterinary Services has developed five-year business plans to outline the priorities, objectives, strategies, and field activities for cattle, avian, swine, aquaculture, sheep and goat, equine, and cervid health.  

Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health: The Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health (SACAH) advises the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture on matters of animal health and broader issues of public concern. SACAH membership will represent the greater agricultural community and include, for example, animal welfare advocates; local and commercial livestock producers; small and minority farmers; and State and Tribal animal health officials. SACAH will consider and make recommendations on collateral issues involving public health, conservation of natural resources, and the stability of livestock economies.

Animal Diseases Information: Veterinary Services protects and improves the health, quality, and marketability of our nation's animals, animal products and veterinary biologics by preventing, controlling and/or eliminating animal diseases, and monitoring and promoting animal health and productivity.

Animal Health Surveillance: This section describes the National Animal Health Surveillance System and provides links to key animal health monitoring and surveillance issues, programs, and information sources.

One Health (OH) is the concept that the health of animals, the health of people, and the viability of ecosystems are intricately linked. As the link among human and animal populations, environmental changes, (ecological and climate), and global movement evolve, the risk of disease transmission between animals and people has increased. An OH approach embraces the idea that disease problems that adversely impact the health of humans, animals, and the environment can only be solved through improved communication, cooperation, and collaboration across disciplines and institutions. OH supports the idea that healthy productive livestock and pets lead to healthy people and sound environments through food, economy, and companionship. 

Laboratory Information and Services: APHIS provides a variety of laboratory services which are centered around providing or facilitating animal disease testing services.

Veterinary Biologics:  Veterinary biologics include vaccines, antibodies, diagnostic kits, and certain immunomodulators. Learn how to license/import a biologic, report adverse events occurring from biologic use, or find lists of licensed products.

Veterinarian Accreditation:  Veterinarians can go here to learn how to apply for accreditation as well as search for a variety of training materials.

Veterinary Services, Office of the Chief Information Officer (VS OCIO)
The mission of the Veterinary Services Office of the Chief Information Officer (VS OCIO) is to provide responsive and quality information technology services and delivery to VS and its stakeholders which protects and improves the health, quality, and marketability of our nation's animals, animal products and veterinary biologics. To assist our stakeholders, VS has created an Information Technology Roadmap which describes the current state of disease surveillance management IT systems within the USDA, APHIS, Veterinary Services. The document also presents a future path toward a national disease and surveillance management data repository that will facilitate database sharing and collaboration.

Animal Health Report: An overview of domestic animal health in the United States. It contains information on the state of U.S. livestock, poultry, and aquaculture commodities, as well as the programs and strategies used to ensure their continued health.

Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH):  CEAH helps APHIS strengthen animal health infrastructures both nationally and internationally through surveillance, monitoring, risk analysis, spatial epidemiology, and modeling.

Professional Development Training:  The Professional Development Staff (PDS) is a small group of training specialists dedicated to meeting the current and future scientific and technical education and training needs of VS personnel. In addition to staff members housed at APHIS Headquarters in Riverdale, Maryland, PDS has Staff Veterinarians and Education Technology Specialists in both the Western Region and Eastern Region to ensure local, as well as national, needs are addressed.

Veterinary Services Data Standards:  A common set of data elements is necessary for any entity; Federal, State, or private, to effectively share information for the purposes of animal disease traceability and as an overall part of an integrated national surveillance strategy. Additionally, standards are required that allow for effective, error-free data exchange. To ensure congruency and to facilitate discussion and implementation of data-sharing requirements among States, Tribes, and industry stakeholders, VS, in collaboration with the National Assembly of State Animal Health Officials, is publishing data standards for specific program activities. The first set of published standards is for electronically generated Interstate Certificates of Veterinary Inspection.

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