Codes and Manuals

The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE) Terrestrial and Aquatic Animal Health Codes provide standards for the improvement of animal health and welfare and veterinary public health worldwide, including through standards for safe international trade in terrestrial and aquatic animals and their products. The manuals provide a standardised approach to the diagnosis of the diseases listed in the Terrestrial and Aquatic Codes.

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Terrestrial Animal Health Code

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Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals

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The Manual of Diagnostic Tests and Vaccines for Terrestrial Animals (Terrestrial Manual) of the World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE) aims to facilitate international trade in animals and animal products and to contribute to the improvement of animal health services world-wide. The principal target readership is laboratories carrying out veterinary diagnostic tests and surveillance, plus vaccine manufacturers and regulatory authorities in the WOAH Member Countries. The objective is to provide internationally agreed diagnostic laboratory methods and requirements for the production and control of vaccines and other biological products. .

An outstanding compilation of diagnostic procedures and a ready source of information… for any veterinary (or parasitologic) diagnostic laboratory. The Manual has been designed for practical use in the laboratory setting. 

Journal of Parasitology

The Terrestrial Manual, covering infectious and parasitic diseases of mammals, birds and bees, was first published in 1989. Each successive edition has extended and updated the information provided. The eighth edition includes over 99 updated and 17 new chapters. This edition has a slightly different structure from former editions: Part 1 contains ten introductory chapters that set general standards for the management of veterinary diagnostic laboratories and vaccine production facilities; Part 2 comprises specific recommendations and includes eight new chapters of recommendations for validation of diagnostic tests and three new chapters of recommendations for the manufacture of vaccines; Part 3 comprises chapters on WOAH listed diseases and other diseases of importance to international trade and Part 4 is the list of WOAH Reference Centres at the time of publication (the list of WOAH Reference Centres is updated by the World Assembly of Delegates (of WOAH Member Countries) each year; the revised list is available on the WOAH Web site)

The book is a mine of information for all dealing with veterinary diseases… 

SGM Quarterly

The 8th edition of the Terrestrial Manual is available in English (paper and electronic versions) and Spanish (electronic version only). The Terrestrial Manual is available free of charge as a web version.

Terrestrial Manual
8th Edition, 2018
Volumes 1, 2 and 3
Format: 29.7 x 21 cm; xxxvii + 1833 pages
ISBN 978-92-95108-18-9
Ref: A 237
Price: 250 euros

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Aquatic Animal Health Code

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Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals

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… the concise and accurate description of diagnostic techniques contained in this Manual is indispensable for anyone involved in the control of aquatic animal diseases.

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The purpose of the Manual of Diagnostic Tests for Aquatic Animals (the Aquatic Manual) is to provide a standardised approach to the diagnosis of the diseases listed in the Aquatic Code, to facilitate health certification for trade in aquatic animals and aquatic animal products.

Although there are many publications on the diagnosis and control of aquatic animal diseases, the Aquatic Manual is a key reference document describing the methods relevant to the WOAH-listed diseases and other important diseases for use by aquatic animal health laboratories around the world. Adoption of the specified methods will help to increase efficiency of laboratories and to promote improvements in aquatic animal health world-wide.

The WOAH Aquatic Animals Commission is responsible for compiling the Aquatic Manual and all chapters are circulated to WOAH Members for comment. The Aquatic Manual is continually revised and updated as new information becomes available. The World Organisation for Animal Health (WOAH, founded as OIE) intends to publish a new edition approximately every four years; periodic updates will be provided via the WOAH Web site.

The Aquatic Manual is available in English and Spanish only.

Aquatic Manual
8th Edition, 2021
Format: 29.7 x 21 cm, 589 pages.
ISBN 978-92-95115-59-0
Ref.: AQM8
Price: 125 euros

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