A multi-state partnership aims to establish a new standard for tracking animal health investigations, premises identification numbers and track regulatory events in the United States.

The Animal Health Information Management Consortium was formed during the recent U.S. Animal Health Association annual convention in Minneapolis.

Officials from Pennsylvania, Kentucky and Indiana met to discuss ways to promote the use of USAHERDS, a database system developed by the Pennsylvania Bureau of Animal Health. Kentucky and Indiana recently adopted the program.

“Our goal, as a formal committee, is to establish an electronic standard for tracking information and data in the world of regulatory animal health,” says Paul Knepley, DVM, Pennsylvania state veterinarian.

More information is available by contacting Sean Crager, chief information officer, Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, at (717) 705-8897 or scrager@state.pa.us.