The Compendium of Measures to Prevent Disease Associated with Animals in Public Settings, 2013, was published in the November 1, 2013, issue of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association (JAVMA). The Compendium is available at no cost on the JAVMA website.

The Compendium – a collection of guidelines – is the product of a task force with members of National Association of State Public Health Veterinarians (NASPHV) working with external consultants, including experts from APHIS Veterinary Services. The task force met last year at the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control in Atlanta, Georgia to update many of the guidelines. The Compendium provides standardized recommendations for use by public health officials, veterinarians, animal venue operators, animal exhibitors, and others concerned with disease control and with minimizing risks associated with animals in public settings (e.g., petting zoos or zoos, fairs, circuses).

A link to this collection of guidelines will also be available on the NASPHV website. This website also provides information on rabies, veterinary infection control, and psittacosis/avian chlamydiosis, and much more.