The CAHSS is an initiative of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (NFAHWC), with broad based collaborative support of industry and governments. It has been designed to fill the need for strengthened animal health surveillance in Canada, as identified in the NFAHWC's report, "Surveillance in a Time of Transition in Farmed Animal Health".
Who are we? Our Philosophy
CAHSS is a network of animal health surveillance networks, with no control from government or any one group. Individual network groups are self-organizing and self-governing; linked through CAHSS by shared purpose and principles.
Purpose of CAHSS
A shared national vision leading to effective, responsive, integrated animal health surveillance in Canada
Principles of Practice:
• Support the protection of animal health, public health, and economic prosperity
• Consider the balance between scientific rigour and the practicality of the real world
• Encourage openness, collaboration and innovation
• Resolve conflict compassionately, productively, cooperatively and respectfully
• Freely and fully exchange information relevant to the Purpose while respecting confidentiality
• Provide clarity in communications by providing relevant background and contextual information
Principles of Organization
• Individuals or groups subscribing to the Purpose and Principles are eligible for Owning Membership and participation
• Groups can self-organize around activities consistent with the Purpose and Principles; innovation and flexibility are encouraged
• Methods used for deliberations and decisions reasonably represent all relevant and affected parties
• Participating network members retain full authority to independently manage and implement their own roles, resources and priorities
• Members agree to consult with other network members to find efficiencies and avoid unintended impacts on others
How can I be involved?
Actively participating members of the network are being solicited. To participate, members and groups must sign a declaration that they agree to the purpose and principles of CAHSS.
Individuals or groups retain control of their surveillance activities, but benefit from the experience and expertise of other members.
The cost is the time volunteered by the member.
Click to see Member's Declaration
To accomplish together, what cannot be done alone
Today, industry, provincial, regional and national groups participate in many independent animal health and disease surveillance activities. CAHSS brings together stakeholders from all sectors, in animal and public health, to share information and address gaps associated with the multiple surveillance activities currently planned or underway.
Activities can involve ongoing partnerships among stakeholders to:
• exchange information and intelligence
• set shared priorities
• leverage resources, and
• address needs for animal health surveillance in Canada
The central role of CAHSS is to:
• encourage and support the network groups with expertise and experience where possible
• foster open communications within and across the systems and networks
• and serve as a source of information with a website of catalogued resources, results and other surveillance infrastructure
• facilitate the development of social networks to share health intelligence with the appropriate stakeholders
• help to develop the ability to quickly activate coordinated surveillance network in response to animal health emergencies
The desired outcomes of CAHSS are to:
• strengthen animal health surveillance
• ensure the strategic use of surveillance technology, and
• improve emergency response capacity
Long term value:
Improved animal health outcomes and costs, better response to emerging diseases, consumer and public health confidence in animal agriculture, and improved market access.
CAHSS is governed by two groups the Champions Group and the Directors Group. These groups include representatives from industry, veterinary associations, academia, provincial governments, and the federal government.
CAHSS Champions ensure animal health surveillance is given an appropriate level of priority by providing national leadership and strategic direction, fostering innovation and supporting the work of the CAHSS Directors and surveillance networks.
CAHSS Directors provide leadership in developing, supporting and achieving the CAHSS activities and surveillance networks through oversight and governance, open collaboration and communications.
Network groups are self-governing and develop their own terms of reference within the guiding principles of CAHSS.
Surveillance in Canada
A vast amount of animal health surveillance is currently underway in Canada for many purposes. Surveillance occurs in both wild and farmed animals to monitor trends in pathogen prevalence, and to provide evidence for freedom from disease at the farm, Provincial, Regional and National levels.
CAHSS seeks to connect the stakeholders in surveillance, to strengthen our collective knowledge, and enable rapid information sharing to minimize the consequences if a pathogen or disease is detected.
- le Réseau d'alerte et d'information zoosanitaire (RAIZO)
- Alberta Veterinary Surveillance Network (AVSN)
- Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN)
- Canadian Notifiable Avian Influenza Surveillance System (CanNAISS)
- Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN) - Poultry Network
- le Réseau d'alerte et d'information zoosanitaire (RAIZO) - Réseau aviaire
- Bovine Surveillance System (BSS)
- BSE Enhanced Surveillance Program
- Animal Industry Market Information System
- Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network
- Canada-West Swine Health Intelligence Network
- Canadian Swine Surveillance System
- Ontario Pork Industry Council (OPIC) Area Regional Control and Elimination
- Animal Industry Market Information System
Passive Surveillance of Laboratories
- Canadian Animal Health Surveillance Network (CAHSN)
- Canadian Animal Health Laboratorians Network (CAHLN)
- Animal Health Laboratory Services - University of Guelph
- British Columbia Animal Health Laboratory
- Prairie Diagnostic Services Inc.
- Centre for Food-borne, Environmental and Zoonotic Infectious Diseases
- Canadian Integrated Program for Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance (CIPARS)
National and Provincial Associations
- National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council
- Canadian Pork Council
- Canadian Cattlemen's Association
- Chicken Farmers of Canada
- Egg farmers of Canada
- Canadian Association of Bovine Veterinarians
- Canadian Association of Poultry Practitioners
- Canadian Hatching Egg Producers
- Turkey Farmers of Canada
- Equestrian Canada
- Canadian Poultry and Egg Processors Council
- Manitoba Pork
- Alberta Pork
- Saskatchewan Pork Development Board
- Centre de développement du porc du Québec inc.
- Equipe Quebecoise De Sante Porcine
- Canadian Livestock Genetics Association
- Dairy Farmers of Canada
Federal Provincial and Territorial Committees
- Council of Chief Veterinary Officers of Canada
- Council of Chief Medical Health Officers of Canada
The CAHSS administration group provides administrative documents, members lists, signed declarations, progress reports, workplans, presentations and historical documents.
|CAHSS Overview - English||Presentation made at NFAHW Council Forum 2015, Ottawa.||CAHSS, overview, Forum 2015|
|Members Declaration 2016 English PDF||English version of members declaration in PDF format||Members Declaration, Public, PDF, English|
|CAHSS Champions 2016 English PDF||A list of CAHSS Champions in 2016||Champions, 2016, PDF, English|
|CAHSS Directors 2016 English PDF||A list of CAHSS Directors in 2016||CAHSS, Directors, English, 2016, PDF|
Communications Working Group was formed in June 2015 with the initial priority of getting information about CAHSS out to potential partners, in various forms, for various venues. This included handout information and presentations that members could use at industry meetings to expand our membership. A draft communications plan was developed with the next priorities being a logo and branding, and a website for information sharing, with external partners and within internal working groups.
Poultry Network Group
|CFIA Aquatic Animal Health Surveillance and Epidemiology||A poster to describe the work of the CFIA aquatic surveillance and epidemiology section||CFIA, Aquatic Surveillance and Epidemiology, Poster, 2017|
Community for Emerging and Zoonotic Diseases
|CEZD Summary||A summary of what CEZD is, its benefits and information on how to join the community.||Summary document, 2016|
|CEZD Road to Sustainability||A report on the requirements to make CEZD sustainable||Sustainability plan|
|Who and What is CEZD||A poster describing the processes and procedures of the CEZD||CEZD, poster|
Equine National Health Surveillance Network
Equine National Health Surveillance Network
|Equine Surveillance Network Report #1||An example report to discuss||Equine Surveillance 2017|
Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network
The Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network
|Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network Summary 2016 English||A summary of the purpose and activities of the Canadian Swine Health Intelligence Network.||Swine, pork, health, CSHIN, network|
|Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network Summary 2016 English||A summary of the purpose and activities of the Canada West Swine Health Intelligence Network||Swine, pork, health, CWSHIN, network|