The exotic animal industry in the United States is a very diverse group of business models and individuals that manage a tremendous variety of animal species. These facilities fall under a wide range of regulatory considerations (or not) depending on species, state, and business model. Since 2006, the United States Department of Agriculture has supported a program for industry to assist industry in the development of projects and programs through the ZAHP model. Our goal is to increase planning efforts and ultimately, resiliency for the industry to all hazards. This presentation will highlight some of our projects, elements of which are adaptable to facilities worldwide!
Yvonne Nadler DVM MPH is the Senior Veterinary Advisor for the Zoo and Aquariums All Hazards Partnership, or ZAHP. This project is a cooperative agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), designed to assist animal facilities in developing robust all hazards contingency plans, including special considerations for Transboundary Disease prevention and response.