National Program 103
ACCOMPLISHMENT REPORT 2011 - 2015
Animal health plays a critical role in ensuring a safe and adequate food supply to the United States population and the world. In spite of years of research, challenges remain in animal health with both emerging diseases and diseases that have long been problematic. The mission of the ARS Animal Health National Program is to deliver scientific information and tools to detect, control, and eradicate animal diseases of high national priority. The ultimate goal of the program is to protect and ensure the safety of the Nation’s agriculture and food supply through improved disease prevention, protection, mitigation, response, and recovery.
The anticipated products of the animal health research program were captured in an Action Plan at the start of the 5-year national program cycle. Some of the anticipated products in the Action Plan include finding solutions to prevent economic losses from domestic and foreign animal diseases, providing scientific information to maximize on-farm biosecurity practices for naturally or intentionally introduced pathogens, establishing methods to detect, analyze, and respond to new and emerging pathogens, and developing disease prevention tools such as alternatives to antibiotics, vaccines and biotherapeutics.
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