Collaborating Centre Network for Veterinary Emergencies

WOAH Collaborating Centre Network for Veterinary Emergencies

WOAH Collaborating Centre Network for Veterinary Emergencies is a network of three centres, each with established expertise in a specific area of emergency and disaster management, who endeavor to exchange knowledge, encourage best practices, share expertise between, and support the capacity building processes of WOAH Member Countries.

Established in 2018, the network is comprised of three centres:

The National Center for Agricultural Health (CENSA) in Cuba, focused on the reduction of the risk of disasters in animal health.

Centro Nacional de Sanidad Agropecuaria
Apdo 10
San José de las Lajas
CP 32700, Provincia Mayabeque
Tel: +53 – Tel2: +53
Fax: +53
Email: [email protected]

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) at Texas A&M University in the United States, focused on biological threat reduction.

Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD)
1500 Research Parkway
Suite B270
2129 TAMU
College Station,
Texas 77843-2129
Tel: +1-979 845.28.55
Email: [email protected] – Email2: [email protected]

The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise ”G.Caporale”(IZSAM) in Italy, focused on veterinary training, epidemiology, food safety, and animal welfare.

Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e del Molise
Via Campo Boario
64100 Teramo
Tel: +39 0861 33.22.05
Fax: +39 0861 33.22.51
Email: [email protected]  – Email2: [email protected]

The objective of the Network for Veterinary Emergencies is to support OIE Member Countries preparedness for and response to animal health emergencies. Specifically, the network aims to:

1. Provide technical advice and support for training, exercising, and evaluation across the emergency management cycle for all hazards, and to facilitate multidisciplinary approaches to emergency management.

2. Exchange and share knowledge on best practices (including models and case studies e.g. model legislation, contingency/emergency plans, communication).

3. Make recommendations on research needs to support veterinary emergency management.

4. Identify, cooperate, and coordinate with stakeholders (MCs, NGOs, public health, private sector) and seek to extend and diversify the network.

5. Support operational activities (e.g. WOAH, Tripartite (WHO, WOAH, FAO), GOARN, or EMC response missions).

WOAH Member Countries can call on the network for advice on emergency and disaster planning, response and recovery.

WOAH can call upon the network for advice on integration of emergency management into existing WOAH tools (such as PVS, laboratory tools, twinning, veterinary legislation, veterinary education day 1 CCs) and structures (such as WOAH ad hoc groups).

Recent activities of the network include:

· The network represented the animal health sector at WOAH, WHO GOARN, and FAO meetings which aim to strengthen international frameworks for emergency preparedness (throughout 2019)

· IIAD have taken on a project to assess the vulnerability of the animal health sector to agro-crime and agro-terrorism (2019-2020)

· IIAD and CENSA supported the WOAH ad hoc group on veterinary emergencies to draft guidance on simulation exercises (2019-2020)

· IIAD, CENSA, and IZSAM mobilized to provide support to the Bahamas, specifically the Grand Bahamas and Abacos islands, after Hurricane Dorian (September 2019)

· IZSAM provides scientific and technical support to the second Action Plan of WOAH Platform on Animal Welfare for Europe (2017-2019) addressing the welfare of animals in disasters

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