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Animal Health Emergency Management

National Preparedness and Incident Coordination Center (NPIC)

As leaders in animal health emergency management, we develop strategies and policies for effective incident management and help to coordinate incident response. As a liaison to outside emergency management groups, we ensure that Veterinary Services (VS) emergency management policies, strategies, and responses are consistent with national and international standards.

NPIC includes the following:


NPIC works closely with other Surveillance, Preparedness, and Response Services (SPRS) Centers, including the SPRS Logistics Center, One Health Coordination Center, Animal Health Commodity Centers (Cattle; Avian, Swine & Aquatic; Sheep, Goat, Cervid & Equine), and the 6 Districts which are responsible for field operations across the United States.

Preparedness and Incident Coordination

PIC does the following:


Contact Us

U.S. Department of Agriculture
Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Veterinary Services
National Preparedness and Incident Coordination
4700 River Road, Unit 41
Riverdale, MD 20737
301-851-3595 (main number)
301-734-7817 (fax)
Emergency ONLY: 800-940-6524

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Authorities Relating to Animal Health, Foreign Animal Diseases, and Emergency Management

  • Statutory Authorities
  • Code of Federal Regulations
    • 9 CFR 71.2 and 71.3 (Rule Governing Quarantine and Interstate Movement of Diseased Animals, including Poultry, including African swine fever, hog cholera [classical swine fever], contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, contagious equine metritis, dourine, foot-and-mouth disease, glanders, highly pathogenic avian influenza, Rinderpest, scabies, Teschen, screwworms, vesicular exanthema)
    • 9 CFR 53 (Foot-and-Mouth Disease, pleuropneumonia, Rinderpest, and Certain Other Communicable Diseases of Livestock or Poultry)
    • 9 CFR 161 (Requirements and Standards for Accredited Veterinarians)
    • 9 CFR 56 (Control of H5/H7 Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza)
    • 9 CFR 82 (Newcastle disease and chlamydiosis in Poultry)
    • 9 CFR 94 (Rinderpest, foot-and-mouth disease, Newcastle disease, highly pathogenic avian influenza, African swine fever, classical swine fever, swine vesicular disease, and bovine spongiform encephalopathy: Prohibited and restricted importations)


Animal Disease Information


Additional Resources



Additional Information

National Veterinary Stockpile (NVS)

  • Provides within 24 hours the critical veterinary countermeasures (such as supplies, equipment, field tests, vaccines, and support services) to ensure States have the resources to fight catastrophic animal disease outbreaks that terrorists or nature may create.
  • Helps States plan, train, and exercise before an event the logistics operations they will need to manage during an event to receive, store, control, issue, and deliver the NVS and other resources.