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Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health

The Center for Epidemiology and Animal Health (CEAH) is one of the science centers within Veterinary Services (VS) Science, Technology, and Analysis Services (STAS). CEAH’s mission is to promote and safeguard U.S. agriculture by providing timely and accurate information and analysis about animal health and veterinary public health.

CEAH explores and analyzes animal health and related agricultural issues to facilitate informed decision-making in government and industry. CEAH also partners with the World Organization of Animal Health (OIE) and its member countries to improve international disease surveillance capabilities and analytic methods supporting trade decisions.

Staffed with a multidisciplinary team, CEAH provides scientifically sound and statistically valid information and tools to help policymakers reach critical decisions regarding animal health issues. The CEAH staff includes veterinary epidemiologists, spatial analysts, statisticians, agricultural economists, GIS and computer specialists, and technical writers.

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CEAH includes the following units:

Information Management and Analytic Support (IMAS). IMAS delivers diverse information solutions and data expertise to enhance animal health science. The IMAS mission is to enable the use of information and data assets, conduct geospatial analysis, standardize data management practices, and deliver products and services to support VS decisions and operations. IMAS uses a multi-disciplinary approach by employing a broad range of specialized expertise.

Monitoring and Modeling (M & M). The vision of the M & M group is to provide comprehensive U.S. animal health information to the world.  Our mission is to benefit producers and consumers of animal products, by deriving and delivering timely factual information about animal health and associated interactions with animal welfare, production, product wholesomeness, and the environment.

Risk Identification and Risk Assessment (RIRA). RIRA examines all aspects of environmental factors affecting animal health and veterinary public health, including estimates of the likelihood of a damaging event and the resulting consequences. Multidisciplinary teams of specialists use information from a wide variety of sources to conduct epidemiological, biological, economic, geospatial, and environmental analyses and other assessments of present, future, and emerging threats to animal health.   After an animal or veterinary public health risk is identified and the threat assessed, this information is communicated to other health professionals, animal producers, and decision makers for follow-up actions.

Surveillance Design and Analysis (SDA). The SDA mission is to develop and enhance animal health surveillance through collaborative surveillance design, analysis, evaluation, and communication.  SDA develops new surveillance plans and updates existing plans; evaluates surveillance systems; develops surveillance options for new animal health issues; and develops and evaluates analytic tools, methods, and strategies to enhance efficiency and cost-effectiveness of surveillance.


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