The ANIMAL HEALTH AND ASSURANCE DIVISION consists of the Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian, Animal Health Branch, Inspection and Investigation Branch and the Agri-Food Laboratories Branch and here is what we do………
The Office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian (OCPV) is maintained as a virtual office within the Executive Director’s office and advocates the use of current scientific principles and information in the development of animal health legislation and disease control programs. The OCPV liaises with international, federal and other provincial governments, as well as industry on food animal health issues.
The Animal Health Branch (AHB) offers a range of services in support of industry and producers of Alberta: first class animal disease surveillance, disease investigation and diagnostic services; disease risk management programs, comprehensive emergency preparedness and response capabilities; and the branch’s technical specialists’ ability to anticipate and assess potential threats to Alberta’s livestock industries.
The Inspection and Investigation Branch (IIB) contributes to the security and safety of the animal and food systems by providing effective and efficient inspection, licensing, investigation, audit assurance, and enforcement activities pursuant to various Acts and Regulations assigned to the division. The IIB adheres to the ARD Compliance Principles regarding enforcement by establishing standards, providing information and education, conducting inspections, and providing advice to industry to ensure compliance. The Branch is also responsible to ensure that Alberta remains rat free through the administration of the Agricultural Pest Act and the Pest and Nuisance Control Regulation and the Rat Control Program administered by the expertise of the Provincial Rat and Pest Specialist.
The Agri-Food Laboratories Branch (AFLB) is comprised of eleven individual laboratories. The AFLB provides clients and collaborators with ISO-accredited, scientifically-valid information and scientific advice to make decisions about public health, food safety and animal health in support of economic viability of the agriculture and food industry. The requirement for accredited scientific testing is evidenced by the fact that trade regularly requires export certificates or specific testing. Furthermore, surveillance, agri-food research and development, disease investigations and industry programs continue to depend on valid scientific testing.
Office of the Executive Director
Animal Health and Assurance Division
9th Floor, O.S. Longman Building
Edmonton AB T6H 4P2
Ph : 780-427-6159
Fax : 780-427-1437