What is OAHN?
Public trust and confidence from a collaborative animal health network in Ontario.
Coordinated preparedness, early detection, and response to animal disease, through sustainable cross-sector networks. The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) and the Animal Health Lab (AHL), University of Guelph are forming the Ontario Animal Health Network (OAHN), comprised of species-specific expert networks with a focus on animal health, disease surveillance and improving the industry. Funding is from federal and provincial grants sourced from “Growing Forward 2” grant monies.
- Each species will have an expert network (see proposed format below)
- A quick, species-specific survey will be distributed quarterly to veterinarians to identify syndrome prevalence (e.g., increased cases of neurologic signs).
- Lab data will be compiled quarterly noting top pathogens/diseases affecting each species from AHL and IDEXX lab data (IDEXX data for horse sector only at this time)
- Species Expert Networks will meet quarterly to discuss and interpret lab and survey results, what it means for the industry, and create action items (e.g., OMAFRA veterinarian to create a fact sheet, AHL to make a podcast, OAEP to notify OEF or ORC of an issue)
- A cross-species Expert Network call will occur quarterly to discuss inter-species issues (such as rabies)
- Focus on trends, risks and actionable items for each industry (e.g., continuing education needs, research needs, emergency preparations)
- Reports generated quarterly for each species for veterinarians and for stakeholder groups
- The Expert Network will be involved with outbreak risk assessments with OMAFRA or urgent matters where consultation with veterinarians is required.
- 3 private practitioner veterinarian representatives (*species experts may be elected in place of a veterinarian if not available, in industries such as bees). Representatives will be selected by their peers.
- AHL specialist, OMAFRA specialist, OVC species specialist
OAHN Network Members
The answer to all your burning questions about OAHN. What the heck is an OAHN? How do you pronounce it? You know it’s about disease, health, Ontario and animals, but what else? How does this affect you as a veterinarian/technician in Ontario? This is a really quick podcast, lasting only 9 minutes.