The Canadian Animal Health Coalition has received AgriAssurance funding for the second phase of the Animal Health Emergency Management project.

This new project will build on our shared success over the last few years and – like its predecessor, AHEM I – will focus on minimizing serious animal disease impact through enhanced industry awareness, capacity, confidence.

“By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail”
Benjamin Franklin

Animal Health Emergency Management – Awareness, Capacity, Confidence

Funded by the AgriAssurance Program, this $2.6M project is adding value to Canada’s livestock industry by bringing together stakeholders who are committed to effectively addressing serious animal disease outbreaks.

Over the next four years, we will once again be working with people from across Canada and commodity groups. The goal is to strengthen Canada’s livestock industry by increasing our collective awareness and capacity to effectively manage the significant risks of serious animal disease outbreaks. The resulting increase in resilience and sustainability relative to these known risks will boost market confidence in Canada’s livestock industry.

Key activities of the project are:


  • Develop 3-5 protocols that address critical gaps in industry policy.
  • Test protocols in a national exercise to ensure broad and multi-commodity application.


  • Develop roles and responsibilities for animal health emergencies in PLANs for national and provincial association staff and HANDBOOKs for producers.
  • Partner with another 12-15 provincial and 3-5 national commodity groups.

Awareness Tools

  • Provide tools for provincial partners to create awareness and understanding of the available resources, e.g. brochures, website and training.
  • Organize workshops with partners to introduce the AHEM PLANs and HANDBOOKs.

Practitioner Training

  • Work collaboratively with the CFIA and European Commission for the Control of Foot-and-Mouth Disease, to develop a training course that will be recognized as continuing education with CVMA and provincial regulatory bodies.
  • Deliver a self-paced, foreign animal disease recognition and response training course for private veterinarians.


Interested in learning more about the AHEM project or getting involved?

Matt Taylor, Project Manager


Mikki Shatosky, Project Coordinator