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Resources for Conducting Animal Health Surveillance

Resources for Conducting Animal Health Surveillance

Surveillance and Data Standards
Developing Animal Health Surveillance Plans
Evaluating Animal Health Surveillance Systems

Surveillance and Data Standards

Surveillance and Data Standards for USDA APHIS Veterinary Services were developed by the Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health (VS CEAH) in July 2006. These standards focused on (1) standards for key components of a surveillance system, (2) data standards for surveillance systems, and (3) information management system standards for surveillance systems. The full document or individual chapters or appendices may be downloaded below:

Developing Animal Health Surveillance Plans

Evaluating Animal Health Surveillance Systems

Surveillance system evaluation is the systematic collection and review of information about a surveillance system undertaken to assess the extent to which the system fulfills its stated objectives and meets accepted surveillance standards. Within Veterinary Services, the surveillance system evaluation process identifies program strengths and areas for improvement, and evaluation findings are intended to be a tool to improve program quality and efficiency, to facilitate integration of the system into the National Animal Health Surveillance system, and to identify the system’s contributions relative to the VS Strategic Plan. The Surveillance and Data Standards for USDA APHIS Veterinary Services (Chapter 1) are used as a benchmark for the evaluation process.

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