Governments Invest Over $2 Million to Strengthen Animal Disease Preparedness – DiscoverWestman.com
The governments of Canada and Manitoba are investing $2.2 million to modernize the provincial Animal Health Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS).
“Manitoba’s agricultural producers are committed to the health and welfare of their animals,” said federal Agriculture and Agri-Food Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau. “Investing in this innovative data analytics tool will help the industry quickly contain the spread of disease. It will help farmers protect the health of their animals and ensure a consistent, high-quality supply of Canadian food. Our government will continue to support initiatives that build public confidence in Canadian agriculture.
LIMS is a computerized information technology infrastructure that manages all laboratory animal disease diagnostic information and results generated by Veterinary Diagnostic Services (VDS), Manitoba’s animal health laboratory whose testing technology current diagnostic device is at the end of its life cycle.
“This information technology modernization project will strengthen Animal Health’s ability to provide valuable and timely diagnostic and surveillance data to stakeholders and customers, which will help improve decision-making and mitigate losses. associated with animal disease outbreaks in the agricultural sector,” said Manitoba. Agriculture Minister Derek Johnson. “It will also help Manitoba veterinarians, producers and the government prevent the spread of disease and protect human and animal health and the safety of the food supply.”
The LIMS enables the collection, analysis and reporting of test results for users and customers, including producers, private and provincial veterinarians, livestock sector companies, producer groups and partners governments, as well as surveillance networks and researchers across Canada. The modernization of the LIMS will allow:
– strengthen the provincial animal disease surveillance program and improve the overall delivery of diagnostic services in the agricultural sector, and
– improve Manitoba’s ability to prepare for new and emerging animal diseases by increasing diagnostic efficiency and capacity.
Ministers noted that this initiative highlights the commitment of both governments to improving resilience and preparedness for animal disease outbreaks.
“Veterinary diagnostic services and the people who work there are vital components of disease preparedness and management in Manitoba,” said Rick Préjet, chair of the Manitoba Pork Council. “The improved laboratory diagnostic and surveillance data management capability is welcomed by Manitoba pork producers, especially since effective disease response is measured in hours, not days. This is a significant investment that will pay dividends for many years to come.
Testing performed by VDS supports industry-wide herd and flock disease diagnostic and surveillance programs for new and emerging diseases. Each year, on average, VDS receives 17,000 submissions from Manitoba veterinarians and agriculture and reports over 135,000 test results to customers and animal health surveillance networks across Canada.
A supplier will be selected through a public tender. Up to $2.2 million has been set aside for the purchase, installation and commissioning of software and equipment.