ONTARIO ANIMAL HEALTH NETWORK
Public trust and confidence from a collaborative animal health network in Ontario.
Coordinated preparedness, early detection, and response to animal disease, through sustainable cross-sector networks.
The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Animal Health Lab (AHL), University of Guelph are forming the Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN), comprised of species-specific expert networks with a focus on animal health, disease surveillance and improving the industry. Funding is from federal and provincial grants sourced from “Growing Forward 2” grant monies.
- Each species will have an expert network
- A quick, species-specific survey will be distributed quarterly to veterinarians to identify syndrome prevalence (e.g., increased cases of neurologic signs).
- Lab data will be compiled quarterly noting top pathogens/diseases affecting each species from AHL and IDEXX lab data (IDEXX data for horse sector only at this time)
- Species Expert Networks will meet quarterly to discuss and interpret lab and survey results, what it means for the industry, and create action items (e.g., OMAFRA veterinarian to create a fact sheet, AHL to make a podcast, OAEP to notify OEF or ORC of an issue)
- A cross-species Expert Network call will occur quarterly to discuss inter-species issues (such as rabies)
- Focus on trends, risks and actionable items for each industry (e.g., continuing education needs, research needs, emergency preparations)
- Reports generated quarterly for each species for veterinarians and for stakeholder groups
- The Expert Network will be involved with outbreak risk assessments with OMAFRA or urgent matters where consultation with veterinarians is required.
- 3 private practitioner veterinarian representatives (*species experts may be elected in place of a veterinarian if not available, in industries such as bees).Representatives will be selected by their peers.
- AHL specialist, OMAFRA specialist, OVC species specialist
RÉSEAU D'ALERTE ET D'INFORMATION ZOOSANITAIRE (RAIZO)
Since its creation in 1992, RAIZO has been dedicated to improving the protection of animal and public health. Through its various programs, RAIZO also helps producers to address the challenges of disease prevention and control. The network relies on the collaboration of many partners to accomplish its mission and achieve its objectives, which are:
- To establish partnerships that draw on animal health expertise, in order to protect and improve the health and well being of Quebec livestock, public health and market access;
- To promote the rapid detection and reporting of any situation that may affect animal and public health (emerging and re-emerging diseases, atypical clinical presentation of disease etc...), via deployment of sentinel networks which rely on the collaboration of veterinary practitioners, specialists from the Veterinary college in St Hyacinthe, and other partners;
- To effectively share pertinent information to all concerned partners;
- To ensure that appropriate sanitation or management measures are in place.
ALBERTA VETERINARY SURVEILLANCE NETWORK
Veterinary surveillance refers to the ongoing and timely collection, analysis and monitoring of information related to poultry and animal health, and dissemination of that information to veterinarians, producers and government agencies to help them make informed decisions for poultry and animal health management.
Veterinary surveillance is essential for the early detection of unusual, infectious, rare or emerging disease events, or changes in existing disease patterns. It also facilitates the timely and effective communication of information to veterinarians, producers and government agencies to assist in decisions about health issues in Alberta's poultry and livestock. Surveillance is important because it:
- Allows for early detection of disease
- Assists in the development of effective control and recovery programs
- Supports market access
- Is a crucial part of Alberta's Argi-food industry
Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (ARD) conducts veterinary surveillance through:
- On-farm surveys
- Slaughter-plant surveys
- Serum bank surveys
- Diagnostic laboratory records
- Reportable disease programs (OCPV)
- Meat inspector reports
- The Alberta Veterinary Surveillance Network (AVSN)