What is OAHN?
The Ontario Animal Health Network is a new program, focusing on early disease detection in animals so as to identify trends in animal health issues that require action. To do this, the program has created expert veterinary networks for each species or commodity. The Bovine Network is comprised of 13 veterinarians representing Ontario Veterinary College, OMAFRA, the Animal Health Laboratory at the University of Guelph and three private practitioners each representing a geographic area of the province.
Veterinarians who provide service to bovine producers are surveyed quarterly about the diseases and issues seen in practice. Results from this survey, along with a summary of laboratory results, are discussed to detect important trends and emerging animal health issues. This information is distributed as a summary report with supportive educational materials to bovine veterinarians. The overall goal of the network is to improve the health of the Ontario bovine herd.