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VS Vision


Our success results from providing the right services and information to the right people at the right time. We can realize our vision only through strong leadership and active cooperation and collaboration with all APHIS units, government agencies, and other stakeholders.



We accomplish our mission and move toward our vision with progressive, shared leadership and effective communication with our customers and stakeholders. We are a diverse workforce with a commitment to continuous improvement in our scientific and technical capacity, while fostering close partnerships with our customers, both inside and outside APHIS. We are an action-oriented organization that provides information as a key product. We recognize that continual learning and balancing professional, personal, and community responsibilities are critical to success.

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

National Veterinary Accreditation Program (NVAP) - This program certifies private veterinarians to work with government animal health officials.

Monitoring and 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.

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.




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