The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) officially opened their U.S.-based liaison office in College Station, TX at Texas A&M’s Agrilife Center. OIE is an intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health and welfare across the globe. The office will be running in partnership with the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, a part of Texas A&M University System, with the intent of strengthening their U.S. network.
“The opening of a liaison office is a first for the organisation,” said Dr. Jean-Phillippe Dop, OIE deputy director general and veterinarian. “The new U.S.-based office will open additional lines of communication between the OIE and U.S. veterinary and public health parties, allowing for better collaboration when it comes to disaster preparedness, emergency planning and animal disease surveillance.”
OIE and Texas A&M are hoping this office will create networks between U.S. government agencies, non-governmental organizations, private sector constituents, and animal production stakeholders. These networks will allow them to promote their messages surrounding global animal health and create more transparency about the issue.
“Our modern agricultural economy is highly dependent upon two things: freedom from disease and trade,” said Dr. Melissa Berquist, director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases in College Station. “Following the outbreak of an infectious livestock or poultry disease, the ability to efficiently implement science-based standards and demonstrate freedom from disease is imperative to limiting the loss of revenue, ensuring safe trade and protecting food security.”
For more information on their plans and goals for improving America’s animal health, read more here.More From: Texas A&M University
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