Animal disease

Foreign animal disease

Certain transmissible livestock or poultry diseases that cause a significant impact on animal or public health are designated by regulatory authorities as foreign animal disease.

Examples include but are not limited to foot and mouth disease, classical swine fever and notifiable avian influenza.

The introduction of foreign animal disease into Canada would have severe consequences for livestock production, the agricultural community, and would seriously impact trade. Therefore, if a foreign animal disease is identified in a region, the primary response focuses on disease containment and eradication.

Effective response to a highly contagious foreign animal disease outbreak requires the coordination and teamwork of many organizations and parties.  The Foreign Animal Disease Emergency Support Plan identifies how agencies can support the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, lead an effective response to an incident.

The following documents will help all relevant emergency response agencies and support organizations understand and prepare for possible outbreaks:

These handbooks are intended to help producers prepare their operations for an emergency.

These plans are intended for industry associations:

The Animal Health Emergency Management project develops industry relevant resources to minimize the impacts of serious livestock diseases.

Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) animal disease programs

To protect human and animal health, the CFIA conducts inspections and has monitoring and testing programs in place to prevent and control the spread of diseases to the livestock and poultry sectors. Visit the CFIA website to learn more: