CAHFS is one of six OIE Collaborating Centers focused on Capacity Building in Veterinary Services. As a globally recognized center of excellence in capacity building, CAHFS trains veterinarians and others working in public veterinary services—government and non-governmental organizations that work to improve animal health and food safety worldwide for the good of society.
What is the OIE?
The Office International des Epizooties (OIE) was created in 1925 as an inter-governmental 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, 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, CAHFSstrengthens the ability of national veterinary services to support the public good byconsulting with the OIE when called upon and developing 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
CAHFS provides training through the following programs:
- Engaging Intergovernmental Organizations
- Farm to Table
- Focus on Food Policy
- Focus on Food Production
- Focus on Food Protection and Leadership
- Public Health Institute
For more information on OIE Collaborating Centers, visit the OIE website.