Animal diseases of federal importance should be reported to the APHIS AVIC or designee. Those include:
- All foreign animal diseases
- Certain USDA Program Diseases
- Some bioterrorism disease agents
Ensure you follow the required reporting time frame. In some cases, the diagnostic laboratory will report the findings directly to the AVIC and SAHO. However, it is your responsibility as the accredited veterinarian to ensure the appropriate authorities were notified. Two phone calls are better than none.
Animal diseases with zoonotic potential may also need to be reported to the CDC. These are referred to as “notifiable” diseases and your State Department of Health can provide the CDC with the information needed. This may occur immediately or as periodic reports from each state.