CAHFS is one of six World Organisation for Animal Health collaborating centers focused on capacity building in veterinary services. CAHFS trains veterinarians and others working in public veterinary services—government and non-government organizations that work to improve animal health and food safety worldwide for the betterment of society.
What is the OIE?
The Office International des Epizooties (OIE) was created in 1925 as an intergovernmental organization to prevent the spread of animal diseases across national borders, which was a major problem after World War I. The OIE’s name was changed to the World Organization for Animal Health in May 2003, although the acronym OIE was retained. Dedicated to improving animal health worldwide, the OIE is recognized by the World Trade Organization (WTO) as the global standard-setting organization for the safe trade of animals and animal products. The OIE has 180 member countries, with regional and sub-regional offices around the world, numerous OIE reference laboratories, and 50 OIE Collaborating Centers with a variety of focuses.
CAHFS role as an OIE Collaborating Center
As a Collaborating Center for Capacity Building in Veterinary Services, CAHFS strengthens the ability of national veterinary services to support the public good by consulting with the OIE when called upon. CAHFS also develops proposals of procedures to help facilitate uniformity in international regulations related to the surveillance and control of animal diseases, food safety, and animal welfare.
To build capacity in support of the public good, CAHFS:
- Trains veterinarians in OIE international standards
- Builds partnerships among the food industry, governments, and non-governmental organizations to support OIE initiatives
- Provides support to other Collaborating Centers that want to develop English programming