The Veterinary Services (VS) division at the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has announced the availability of its Emergency Preparedness and Response Training/Exercise Strategy and Plan for fiscal years 2015 through 2017.

The Animal Health Protection Act provides VS the authority and foundation for emergency preparedness and response activities, according to APHIS. VS has a long history of responding to animal health emergencies and incidents, and its mission continues to support the prevention and control of select domestic and foreign animal diseases (FAD) that can threaten U.S. public health, animal health, animal agriculture, the food supply, and the economy.

The plan describes the training and exercise strategies and priorities that will enhance the agency’s and stakeholders’ preparedness to respond to livestock and poultry health incidents, and other possible hazards as they arise.

APHIS-VS also will host a webinar on December 9, 2014, at 1:00 p.m. EST, during which the agency will present the Emergency Preparedness and Response Training and Exercise Plan and discuss how stakeholders such as veterinarians can become engaged.

An APHIS bulletin includes more information on the webinar and how to participate.