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The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
The need to fight animal diseases at a global level led to the creation of the Office International des Epizooties in 1924. In May 2003, the name changed to the World Organization for Animal Health but the historical acronym OIE was retained. The OIE is the intergovernmental organization responsible for improving animal health worldwide. It is recognized as a reference organization by the World Trade Organization (WTO) and in 2011 had 178 Member Countries. The OIE maintains permanent relations with 45 other international and regional organizations and has regional and sub-regional offices on every continent. There are 236 OIE Reference Laboratories and 38 OIE Collaborating Centers.
IICAB's work with the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
The IICAB, along with the USDA's National Veterinary Services Laboratories and Center for Veterinary Biologics, became an Collaborating Center - for the Diagnosis of Animal Disease and Vaccine Evaluation in the Americas – in June 1998.
As an OIE Collaborating Center, the IICAB provides scientific and technical assistance and expert advice upon request of the OIE, works to propose or develop procedures to facilitate harmonization of international regulations, and develops training courses, workshops and scientific meetings on topics related to the OIE mission.
Specific activities include:
- Veterinary Biologics Training Program
- Compendium of Vaccines for Transboundary Animal Disease
- Transboundary Animal Disease Resources
- Spanish language website
- Spanish language educational resources for professional veterinary services, veterinarians and veterinary students
Visit the OIE website.