Animal health

Animal health and COVID-19

Animal health

Disease diagnosis and monitoring of animal health are essential for British Columbia's agrifood industry.

Laboratory findings are used to monitor the status of animal health in British Columbia.  Ongoing surveillance and reporting of listed diseases to appropriate agencies is a crucial role of the Animal Health Unit and has important implications for product export certification. In addition, the diagnosis of diseases that may be transmitted from animals to people is important to health authorities.

Staff veterinarians and laboratory scientists investigate and identify major livestock and companion animal diseases that could have potentially devastating effects on the food supply or pose a threat to public health.  Up to 70% of all diseases affecting people come from animals.  An even larger percentage of newly-emerging diseases originate with animals.

Animal Health Centre

The Animal Health Centre provides world class veterinary diagnostic services that protect the health of all animals in B.C. to support disease prevention, control and eradication. The Animal Health Centre protects human health, with the timely and accurate diagnosis of zoonotic diseases that transmit from animals to humans, in both the public health and the food safety sectors.

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Reportable and notifiable diseases

Legislation requires that a person who has reasonable grounds to suspect that a reportable or notifiable disease has occurred must make a report within 24 hours to the office of the Chief Veterinarian.  Procedures and information requirements for making such a report are prescribed in the regulation, including requirements for retaining samples and records.