Service Area Strategic Plan
4/20/2014   11:51 am
Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (301)
Biennium:
Service Area 1 of 1
Animal Disease Prevention and Control (301 531 01)
Description

A statewide veterinary medicine regulatory program which prevents, contains, and eradicates infectious and contagious diseases of Virginia’s livestock and poultry populations in order to enhance their national and international marketability and to increase the profit potential for the animal agriculture industry.

Services include:

Health tests and certification to assure that livestock and poultry are free of diseases when they are sold or shipped.

Analyzing the state’s livestock population through continuous monitoring and testing at livestock markets and shows.

Coordination of animal and poultry disease eradication programs.

Investigations of drug residue cases and tracebacks associated with suspect animals.
Background Information
Mission Alignment and Authority
  • Describe how this service supports the agency mission
    Promotes the economic growth and development of Virginia agriculture by protecting livestock and poultry from disease, ensures a safe and wholesome food supply and protects citizens from zoonotic diseases.
  • Describe the Statutory Authority of this Service
    Title 3.2, Chapter 60 Livestock and Poultry.

    §3.2-5901 mandates the establishment of the Office of the State Veterinarian and his assistants.

    §3.2-6000 through §3.2-6017 mandates the State Veterinarian to protect domestic animals and poultry from disease.
Customers
Agency Customer Group Customer Customers served annually Potential annual customers
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock dealers 230 300
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock markets 29 35
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Cattle 25,200 26,000
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Equine 41,000 45,000
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Goats 3,934 4,000
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Poultry 5,283 6,000
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Sheep 1,800 2,000
Livestock producers, dealers, markets Livestock producers - Swine 800 900
Veterinary practitioners and clinics Veterinary practices 913 950
Veterinary practitioners and clinics Veterinary practitioners 2,482 2,600

Anticipated Changes To Agency Customer Base
None.
Partners
Partner Description
[None entered]
Products and Services
  • Factors Impacting the Products and/or Services:
    Changing personnel in management positions.

    Loss of personnel due to position losses as a result of budget reductions.

    Increased demand for time to respond to citizen concerns about animal welfare and animal cruelty without a subsequent increase in staff.
  • Anticipated Changes to the Products and/or Services
    Live Bird Market operations may require additional time for regulatory inspections.

    Livestock market inspections may decrease due to personnel shortages.

    Increased amount of time required for emergency preparedness and disease planning without subsequent increase in staff.
  • Listing of Products and/or Services
    • Customer assistance: consult with producers on animal health issues; assist veterinarians participating in the Virginia Johne’s Disease Control and Prevention Program.
    • Inspection and enforcement: inspect livestock markets for compliance with sanitation requirements and records; perform garbage inspections to assure proper disposal of garbage and eliminate the risk of feeding to swine; conduct dealer inspections; monitor health certificates, both issued and for imported livestock; monitor equine events; monitor brucellosis and tuberculosis test results; assist with follow-up testing when necessary for brucellosis and tuberculosis.
    • Accreditation/Certification: accredit new veterinarians to assure they are knowledgeable of state laws and regulations; certify veterinarians for participation in the Voluntary Johne’s Program.
Finance
  • Financial Overview
    [Nothing entered]
  • Financial Breakdown
    FY 2011    FY 2012
      General Fund     Nongeneral Fund        General Fund     Nongeneral Fund  
    Base Budget $1,883,400 $1,312,589    $1,883,400 $1,312,589
    Change To Base -$61,121 $0    -$61,121 $0
               
    Service Area Total   $1,822,279  $1,312,589     $1,822,279  $1,312,589 
Human Resources
  • Human Resources Overview
    [Nothing entered]
  • Human Resource Levels
    Effective Date      
    Total Authorized Position level 0    
    Vacant Positions 0    
    Current Employment Level 0.0    
    Non-Classified (Filled)    
    Full-Time Classified (Filled)    breakout of Current Employment Level
    Part-Time Classified (Filled)    
    Faculty (Filled)    
    Wage    
    Contract Employees    
    Total Human Resource Level 0.0   = Current Employment Level + Wage and Contract Employees
  • Factors Impacting HR
    [Nothing entered]
  • Anticipated HR Changes
    [Nothing entered]
Service Area Objectives
 
  • Protect and enhance the economic viability of Virginia's agriculture industries through the prevention and management of foreign and emerging animal and poultry diseases of economic and public health significance.
    Objective Description
    To protect and promote Virginia's animal agriculture industries by conducting livestock market and sales inspections, reviewing and issuing animal health certificates; conducting investigations and tracebacks; issuing quarantines and eradication notices; maintaining Virginia's Tuberculosis, Brucellosis and Pseudorabies free status; and enforcing livestock and poultry regulations and entry requirements on a continuous basis. The program must be proactive as well as maintain ongoing activities to assure that animal diseases are not introduced into the Commonwealth that could have a negative economic impact. Plans must be in place to minimize the economic impact of an introduced disease or natural disasters that may occur.
    Alignment to Agency Goals
    • Agency Goal: Provide services that prevent or minimize the impact of emergency agricultural infestations, animal disease outbreaks, foodborne illness outbreaks, and natural and manmade disasters.
      Comment: Aligns with long term objective #7 - Protects the public's safety and security, ensuring a fair and effective system of justice and providing a prepared response to emergencies and disasters of all kinds.
    Objective Strategies
    • The State Veterinarian will continue to work with various sectors in the livestock industry to develop and implement a voluntary animal identification and premise registration program in Virginia, contingent on funding for such a program, through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will continue to review and improve the Highly Contagious Livestock and Poultry Disease Emergency Operations Plan and the Avian Influenza Rapid Response Plan, and to exercise strategic portions of the plans, including exercises utilizing GIS maps and quarantine enforcement with law enforcement officers, through June 30, 2012.
    • The State Veterinarian will evaluate the quality of the producer information available through livestock market and registered cattle dealers and develop a plan to track cattle marketed through Virginia livestock markets and registered cattle dealers depending on available funding through June 30, 2012.
    • The State Veterinarian will develop a protocol for livestock market and livestock dealer animal tracing for use in responses to regulatory program or foreign animal diseases through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will train veterinarians through the USDA Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician Course through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will conduct joint VDACS, VMRCVM staff and veterinary practitioner training and a foreign animal disease exercise by June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will participate in the Virginia Poultry Disease Task Force, the Delmarva Poultry Industry Emergency Disease Task Force and seek to maintain a strong working relationship with poultry producers throughout Virginia through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will provide technical and professional information to the VDACS Emergency Services Coordinator to assist in the development of an emergency response plan to address the needs of individuals with household pets and service animals in the event of a disaster through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will develop an Emergency Operations Plan for Highly Contagious Equine Diseases by June 30, 2012.
    • The State Veterinarian will participate on the State Animal Response Team board of directors to develop and implement plans for state and local volunteer responses to animal emergencies through June 30, 2012.
    Link to State Strategy
    • nothing linked
    Objective Measures
    • Number of livestock premises registered through the animal identification program in Virginia.
      Measure Class:
      Other
      Measure Type:
      Outcome
      Measure Frequency:
      Annual
      Preferred Trend:
      Up
      Measure Baseline Value:
      2142
      Date:
      6/30/2007

      Measure Baseline Description: 2142 livestock premises were registered in FY 2007.

      Measure Target Value:
      10500
      Date:
      6/30/2012

      Measure Target Description: Register 10500 livestock premises in Virginia by June 30, 2010.

      Data Source and Calculation: Premises registration through the National Animal Identification System.

  • Protect and enhance the economic viability of Virginia's agriculture industries through the prevention and management of foreign and emerging animal and poultry diseases of economic and public health significance.
    Alignment to Agency Goals
    • Agency Goal: Provide agricultural and consumer protection services that support economic growth, meet consumer needs, and encourage environmental stewardship.
    Objective Strategies
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will train, certify or recertify additional staff and field veterinarians through other USDA courses on Brucellosis Epidemiology, Tuberculosis Epidemiology, Johne’s Disease, Scrapie, Live Bird Marketing System, Generic Database, Swine Health, Transmissible Encephalopathies and Animal Identification as these courses and funding are made available by the USDA through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services and the Office of Laboratory Services will coordinate with the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries on diseases of mutual concern through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will expand training and information exchange for regional veterinary supervisors and selected staff by conducting quarterly regional meetings through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will work with USDA and Virginia Cooperative Extension to educate beef and dairy producers on the need for and the benefit of participation in the Virginia Johne's Disease Control Program through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will support livestock marketing by inspecting, monitoring, auditing and disinfecting livestock markets; by monitoring livestock dealers, records and registrations; by maintaining the Cattle Brand Registration program; by monitoring for humane handling of livestock at livestock markets; and by ensuring compliance with applicable state and federal laws and regulations through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will ensure compliance with state and federal laws and regulations pertaining to animal movement, animal transport and disease control by inspecting and/or monitoring equine events, county and state fairs, shows, exhibitions, sales and other animal gatherings through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will participate in all state and federal programs, and ensure compliance with all federal and state laws and regulations to maintain Virginia's Tuberculosis-free, Brucellosis-free and Pseudorabies-free status through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will support Virginia’s poultry industry and reduce the potential for highly contagious poultry diseases by monitoring, testing and auditing the commercial and non-commercial poultry flocks in the state; by participating in the National Poultry Improvement Plan, the Low Pathogenic Avian Influenza program, and the Live Bird Market System program; by issuing importation permits and monitoring the importation of hatching eggs and poultry into the state; and by inspecting feed and farm stores for the presence and sale of poultry through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will work to prevent the incursion of Contagious Equine Metritis (CEM) by inspecting quarantine facilities, by monitoring testing for the causative organism and by monitoring quarantines placed on horses imported into Virginia from countries known to have CEM through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will promote programs and ensure compliance with federal and state laws and regulations that help control diseases of economic concern to Virginia's animal agriculture such as Scrapie, Johne's Disease, Equine Infectious Anemia, Avian Influenza, Pullorum, Fowl Typhoid and other infectious or contagious diseases as they may occur through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will monitor and conduct investigations into violations of state import and export regulations and monitor, approve and conduct investigations into violations of the issuance of Certificates of Veterinary Inspections through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will conduct the orientation training for private practitioners to allow them to become federally accredited to do regulatory animal disease testing and to write Certificates of Veterinary Inspection through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will conduct Market Cattle Investigations, drug residue violation investigations, and other animal health and animal welfare investigations as authorized by state and federal laws and regulations through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will approve and monitor the use of veterinary biologicals and veterinary vaccines in Virginia through June 30, 2012.
    • The Office of Veterinary Services will contact restaurants, nursing homes, schools, airports and other garbage generating facilities to ensure compliance with the state and federal garbage feeding laws through June 30, 2012.
    Link to State Strategy
    • nothing linked
    Objective Measures
    • Maintain Virgina''s Tuberculosis-, Brucellosis- and Pseudorabies-free status
      Measure Class:
      Agency Key
      Measure Type:
      Outcome
      Measure Frequency:
      Annual
      Preferred Trend:
      Maintain
      Measure Baseline Value:
      100
      Date:
      6/30/2007

      Measure Baseline Description: Disease-free status maintained in FY 2007.

      Measure Target Value:
      100
      Date:
      6/30/2010

      Measure Target Description: Disease-free status. (100%)

      Data Source and Calculation: Monitor through surveillance of livestock population and laboratory tests.

  • Prevent the rapid spread of transmissible disease in Virginia’s livestock and poultry populations by enhancing disease surveillance capabilities.
    Objective Description
    2 VAC 5-30 Rules and Regulations Pertaining to the Reporting Requirements for Contagious and Infectious Diseases of Livestock and Poultry in Virginia requires regular reporting on the occurrence of certain diseases to the Office of the State Veterinarian. The old system of paper reports has been inadequate, and an effort is being made to implement an internet-based disease reporting system for veterinary practitioners.
    Alignment to Agency Goals
    • Agency Goal: Provide services that prevent or minimize the impact of emergency agricultural infestations, animal disease outbreaks, foodborne illness outbreaks, and natural and manmade disasters.
      Comment: Aligns with long term objective #7 - Protects the public's safety and security, ensuring a fair and effective system of justice and providing a prepared response to emergencies and disasters of all kinds.
    Objective Strategies
    • Promote use of online disease reporting system to private veterinary practitioners through June 30, 2012.
    Link to State Strategy
    • nothing linked
    Objective Measures
    • Number of private veterinary practitioners utilizing the online disease reporting system.
      Measure Class:
      Other
      Measure Type:
      Output
      Measure Frequency:
      Quarterly
      Preferred Trend:
      Up

      Frequency Comment: Once disease reporting system is established, reports will be available.

      Measure Baseline Value:
      165
      Date:
      6/30/2009

      Measure Baseline Description: At the end of FY 09, 165 practitioners were utilizing the online disease reporting system.

      Measure Target Value:
      258
      Date:
      6/30/2012

      Measure Target Description: Increase participation by 25 percent each year of the biennium.

      Data Source and Calculation: Online access to disease reporting system will allow for data calculation, including number of users, and compliance with reporting requirement.


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