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It's about doing small things right all the time.

Welcome to the Alberta Veterinary Medical Association’s webpage on biosecurity.

As veterinarians, we are all aware the greatest threat to the health and well being of any creature comes from other creatures of the same species.  The risk of disease grows in proportion to the closer they are crowded together, the frequency with which they are moved or co-mingled, the degree of biological stress and the presence of microbial pathogens.  Disease can be passed directly from animal to animal, from animal to human or indirectly as a result of contaminated surfaces, equipment, feed or water, vermin, insects and other creatures.

Keeping Small Flocks Healthy

What's New?

Biosecurity Not New - Recalls and reminders needed for reinforcement

Released: April 25, 2012

Neonatal calf diarrhea is a complex, multi-factorial condition with numerous factors. Most, if not all of these factors are related to biosecurity in beef and dairy-calf raising practices. Biosecurity is not a new concept in animal agriculture; rather it is largely a redefinition of earlier ideas and practices historically considered to be good animal husbandry.

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Another Window of BSE Emergence

Released: April 18, 2012

Transmissable spongiform encephalopathies are fatal neurodegerative diseases that include variant Cruetzfeldt-Jakob disease in humans, scrapie in small ruminants and bovine spongiform and bovine encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle. Small ruminants are susceptible to BSE, and in 2005 BSE was identified in a farmed goat in France.

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Emergence of Schmallenberg-virus (SBV) disconcerting

Released: April 11, 2012

In September 2011, an unidentified disease in cattle was reported in Germany and the Netherlands. When first observed, clinical signs in dairy cattle included fever, decreased milk production, and diarrhea, and then the initial cases started to show higher rates of abortions and congenital defects in calves. Birth defects then appeared in sheep and goats.

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For more biosecurity articles visit the Manuals/Publications page.