The Canadian Animal Health Surveillance System (CAHSS) is an initiative of the National Farmed Animal Health and Welfare Council (NFAHWC), with broad based collaborative support of industry and governments. CAHSS has been designed to fill the need for strengthened animal health surveillance in Canada, as identified in the NFAHWC's report, "Surveillance in a Time of Transition in Farmed Animal Health".
CAHSS advises on national animal health surveillance priorities and disease patterns and is focused on the generation, exchange and application of data-driven information in order to track animal health, and rapidly detect and respond to changing patterns of disease.
CAHSS has benefitted from the exceptional support of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada. Recognizing that systematic data collection, analysis and interpretation are integral to improving health and welfare outcomes and reducing the scale and impact of disease events, CAHSS received funding in 2019 from the AgriAssurance Program under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership to undertake a four-year project that targets three key activities:
• Enhancing collaboration
• Exploring shared intelligence opportunities, and
• Defining joint processes for collective success and sustainability
Forum 2020 will be held on November 24 and 25 2020 at the Infinity Convention Centre in Ottawa, ON