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Dave Townsend

Media Relations
Ministry of Agriculture and Food
250 356-7098
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Animal disease preparedness and response program

The new animal disease preparedness and response program is part of the $200-million investment in food security initiatives recently announced by the Province.

The funding will support a variety of planning, preparedness and prevention and mitigation activities, including:

  • hiring staff or contractors to conduct response planning activities;
  • development or revision of animal disease or hazard plans;
  • training and exercising the plans;
  • procurement (purchase, rent, lease) of equipment required for response to a disease outbreak;
  • contracting out response activities;
  • training staff to use response equipment;
  • research around improved disease outbreak response, such as depopulation methods;
  • research of prevention/mitigation strategies, such as vaccination or biosecurity strategies, implementation of mitigation and biosecurity measures/strategies.