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Animal Health Emergency Management

National Preparedness and Incident Coordination

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, located in VS-Strategy & Policy, works closely with other VS-Strategy & Policy Centers, as well as VS-Field Operations and VS-Diagnostics and Biologics on emergency response issues.

NPIC does the following:

  • Develops and distributes emergency response guidelines based on the National Incident Management System and National Response Framework.
  • Develops the Foreign Animal Disease Preparedness and Response Plan (FAD PReP); information on FAD PReP is here: FAD PReP FAQs.
  • Coordinates the VS Training and Exercise Program (VS TEP) to improve readiness for foreign animal disease incidents.
  • Offers coordinating support on resources and policy for FAD incidents.
  • Produces national, aggregate reporting on FAD investigations and incidents.

Other preparedness and response programs and activities occur throughout Veterinary Services (VS). NPIC also coordinates or collaborates, as requested, with the other units that have primarily responsibility for these activities:

Contact Us

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service
Veterinary Services, National Preparedness and Incident Coordination

4700 River Road, Unit 42
Riverdale, MD 20737

Emergency ONLY: 800-940-6524

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

  • 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)

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