Animal Health and Production

Livestock plays an important role in the social, cultural and economic environment of Pacific Island communities. Indeed many, of the important social and cultural events in island life cannot be properly carried out without the slaughter and presentation of livestock in sufficient numbers. The Animal Health and Production thematic team works together in the Pacific region to develop prosperous, efficient and sustainable animal health and production systems, producing healthy animals and safe products for food security and income generation.

New Food Animal Biosecurity Network (FABN) project to support laboratory capacity building
Tuesday, 02 August 2011 10:05

FABN Workshop 1 Group PhotoKORONIVIA, FIJI - James Cook University, in partnership with the Secretariat of the Pacific Community, kicked off the implementation of the Food Animal Biosecurity Network (FABN) project with a laboratory training workshop in Fiji. The project is funded by the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) through their Pacific Public Sector Linkage Program. The workshop on laboratory quality assurance was held July 18–20, in collaboration with the Animal Health and Production Division of the Fiji Ministry of Primary Industries at the Fiji Veterinary Pathology Laboratory in Koronivia.

Dr Jeffrey Warner, senior lecturer and microbiologist from James Cook University, facilitated the workshop, which focused on good laboratory management practices for improved quality assurance. This activity is the first of the series of five workshops geared towards strengthening technical skills in laboratory biosafety, biosecurity and diagnostics.

The objective of the FABN project is to deliver enhanced animal health field and laboratory capability to the Pacific Islands, particularly in the area of animal disease surveillance, to allow assessment under OIE (World Organisation for Animal Health) guidelines for trade in animals and animal products. Project activities will attempt to build on the animal disease diagnostic capacity established in the participating countries through the Pacific Regional Influenza Pandemic Preparedness Project (PRIPPP). Project activities will be implemented in Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Vanuatu and Solomon Islands. 

Field and laboratory staff from Fiji, Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea participated in the three-day workshop aimed at improving quality of services for animal disease surveillance and diagnostics in the Pacific. A vision statement, created by the group during the discussions, provides motivation for the participants:

Participants are expected to return to their respective workplaces with the aim of improving animal disease surveillance and diagnostic services in line with this vision, and the skills to do so. They will apply the skills they acquired in the area of quality assurance through the improvement of standard operating procedures in field sampling, laboratory operations and shipping protocols. The project’s next workshop is scheduled for November 2011.

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