Enhancing Emergency Management in Canada’s Livestock & Poultry Industry
This four-year (2019-2023) Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada AgriAssurance funded project builds on the momentum of AHEM I and is focussed on minimizing serious animal disease impact through enhanced industry awareness, capacity, confidence. The project is managed through the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council.
Our project at a glance
AHEM is sparking significant collaboration with federal government organizations including Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) and the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA), provincial government departments of agriculture as well as provincial commodity groups across Canada.
Working with the European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (EuFMD), CFIA and the Canadian Veterinary Medical Association, AHEM has provided online Foot-and-Mouth Disease recognition training to Canadian veterinarians and veterinary technicians and technologists in early 2020. We are working to provide the training again in the coming years as well as a similar program for other serious animal diseases such as African Swine Fever. Through this partnership and working collaborating with Saskatchewan Cattlemen’s Association (SCA), AHEM facilitated real-life training for a beef production specialist to Uganda for an immersive, first-hand experience in the challenges in controlling for FMD. Part of AHEM’s industry champion mentorship program, the experience resulted in many lessons learned for Canada. Watch for updated at upcoming AHEM events and workshops – presentation from the participate, our champion.
The AHEM project aligns with several national strategic initiatives, including the Livestock Market Interruption Strategy (LMIS) led by AAFC, and the Plant and Animal Health Strategy (PAHS) facilitated by CFIA.
AHEM will help bring key stakeholders together and strengthen Canada’s livestock industry by equipping associations and producers with new knowledge and resources and create an opportunity for sharing of experiences and learnings from others.
The AHEM project is currently in the second of four planned phases of resource development and distribution, with a March 2023 end date. The project is managed by the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (Council).