Partnerships for Animal Health
Creation and funding of the Animal Health Strategic Investment (AHSI) from OMAFRA advances testing methodologies for new and emerging disease, increases baseline animal health surveillance and improves emergency preparedness. The Ontario veterinarian community strengthens our partnership by providing the AHL with relevant samples for specific projects, as outlined by the AHSI program. The diagnostic results that are procured from these samples allow for increased animal health surveillance by OMAFRA. Other AHSI projects, supported by the veterinarian community allow for the creation of new testing methodologies. With the support of the veterinarian community, we are able to hold disease outbreak simulations. In these simulations, the veterinarians and agricultural industry act out what could and should happen in the event of a disease outbreak. These simulations have provided the veterinarians, industry, AHL and OMAFRA how to quickly respond and act towards a potential disease outbreak. A strong partnership between OMAFRA, AHL and the community is and will continue until 2013 to assist in animal health, surveillance and emergency preparedness. Keeping you and yours safe.