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AUSVETPLAN Manuals and Documents

Animal Health Australia (AHA) manages the development and review of the Australian Veterinary Emergency Plan (AUSVETPLAN) on behalf of its Members.

AUSVETPLAN contains the nationally-agreed approach for the response to emergency animal disease (EAD) incidents in Australia. The plan is captured in a series of manuals and supporting documents. These are listed below, grouped by type, with version control information and links to each document.

At any one time, AHA is reviewing several of these AUSVETPLAN manuals to ensure the information contained is up to date.

1. Summary document

Describes the components of AUSVETPLAN and outlines their relationships.

Disease strategies Edition Date Comments
Summary Document (pdf - 607 KB) 3.1 2008 Under review – conversion to Overview

2. Disease strategies and response policy briefs

Disease-specific responses policies briefs or strategies contain the agreed policy and supporting technical information for the response to an incident of the disease in Australia.

Please refer to the  Bovine tuberculosis case response manual (pdf - 1 MB) for information on management of an incident of bovine tuberculosis.

2.1 Disease strategies

Disease strategies Edition Date Comments
African horse sickness (pdf - 195 KB) 2.0 1996 Under review – draft pending endorsement
African swine fever (pdf - 1 MB) 4.1 2016
Anthrax (pdf - 1 MB) 4.1 2017 Minor update; manual under review
Aujeszky's disease (pdf - 1 MB) 4.1 2016
Australian bat lyssavirus (pdf - 433 KB) 3.0 2009 Under review
Avian influenza (pdf - 762 KB) 3.4 2011 Under review – draft pending endorsement
Bluetongue (pdf - 570 KB) 4.0 2015  Under review
Bovine brucellosis (pdf - 452 KB) 3.0 2005
Bovine spongiform encephalopathy (pdf - 486 KB) 3.2 2012
Classical swine fever (pdf - 362 KB) 4.0 2015
Equine influenza (pdf - 1 MB) 4.0 2016
Foot-and-mouth disease (pdf - 1,017 KB) 3.4 2014
Infectious bursal disease (pdf - 530 KB) 3.0 2009
Japanese encephalitis (pdf - 128 KB) 2.0 1998 Under review – draft pending endorsement
Lumpy skin disease (pdf - 470 KB) 3.0 2009
Newcastle disease (pdf –  688kb) 3.2 2014 Under review
Peste des petits ruminants (pdf - 445 KB) 3.0 2009
Porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (pdf - 819 KB) 3.0 2006 Under review
Rabies (pdf - 539 KB) 3.0 2011
Rift Valley fever (pdf - 1 MB) 4.0 2016 Under review
Rinderpest (pdf - 481 KB) 3.0 2009
Scrapie (pdf - 506 KB) 3.0 2009 Under review
Screw worm fly (pdf - 1 MB) 3.0 2007 Under review
Sheep and goat pox (pdf - 352 KB) 3.1 2011
Surra (pdf - 725 KB) 3.0 2006
Swine vesicular disease (pdf - 1 MB) 4.0 2016
Transmissible gastroenteritis (pdf - 1 MB) 4.0 2016
Vesicular stomatitis (pdf - 132 KB) 2.0 1996 Under review – draft pending endorsement

2.2 Response policy briefs

Response policy briefs Edition Date Comments
Response Policy Briefs (pdf - 549 KB) 3.5 2013
Hendra virus Response Policy Brief (pdf - 1 MB) 4.0 2016

The ‘Response Policy Briefs’ document covers: Borna disease, brucellosis (due to Brucella melitensis), contagious bovine pleuropneumonia, contagious equine metritis, dourine, East coast fever, encephalitides (tick-borne), epizootic lymphangitis, equine babesiosis, equine encephalomyelitis (eastern, western and Venezuelan), equine encephalosis, Getah virus disease, glanders, haemorrhagic septicaemia, heartwater, Hendra virus infection (formerly equine morbillivirus), Jembrana disease, maedi–visna, Menangle virus (porcine paramyxovirus), Nairobi sheep disease, Nipah virus, Potomac fever, pulmonary adenomatosis, sheep scab, swine influenza, Teschen disease, trichinellosis, vesicular exanthema, Wesselsbron disease and West Nile virus disease.

3. Operational manuals

Describe in detail the recommended procedures for activities which are common to most EAD responses.

Operational manuals Edition Date Comments
Decontamination (pdf - 649 KB) 3.2 2008
Destruction of animals (pdf - 734 KB) 3.2 2015
Disposal Procedures 3.1 2015
Livestock Welfare and Management (pdf - 408 KB) 3.0 2007 Under review
Valuation and Compensation (pdf - 1,023 KB) 3.0 2006 Under review
Wild Animal Response Strategy (pdf - 1 MB) 3.3 2011

4. Enterprise manuals

Provide information and guidance on specific types of enterprises that pose special economic or disease eradication problems or are important in the epidemiology or impact of certain EADs.

The enterprise manuals target two groups:

government personnel involved in EAD preparedness who may be unfamiliar with the operations of the industry of which the enterprise is part

industry personnel and veterinarians who need information on strategies that may be adopted to improve preparedness (in the form of contingency plans) and guidance on the operational procedures which may be applied in the event of an EAD incident.

Enterprise manuals Edition Date Comments
Artificial Breeding Centres (pdf - 151 KB) 2.1 1999 Under review
Feedlots (pdf - 474 KB) 3.0 2010
Meat Processing (pdf - 474 KB) 3.0 2007
Pig Industry (pdf - 980 KB) 3.0 2011
Poultry Industry (pdf - 1 MB) 3.1 2017  Minor update
Saleyards and Transport (pdf - 758 KB) 3.0 2013
Wool Industry (pdf - 3 MB) 3.0 2015
Zoos 3.0 2014

5. Management manuals

The Control Centres Management Manual (parts 1 and 2) provides a management structure and an information flow system for handling an emergency animal disease (EAD) outbreak at national, state/territory and local levels.

The Laboratory Preparedness Manual aims to assist veterinary laboratories to prepare a contingency plan for an EAD.

Management manuals Edition Date Comments
Control Centres Part 1 (pdf – 889 kB) 4.1 2015
Control Centres Part 2 (pdf - 1 MB) 4.0 2015
Laboratory Preparedness (pdf - 284 KB) 4.0 2013

6. Guidance documents

Provide general guidance to personnel involved in an EAD outbreak, to assist with understanding relevant policies and procedures. These guidance documents are not endorsed AUSVETPLAN manuals but support the manuals and provide additional information to stakeholders. AHA gives no warranty that the information contained in these documents is correct or complete, and shall not be liable for any loss howsoever caused arising from use of or reliance on this information.

Guidance documents Edition Date Comments
Guidance document for the use of avian influenza (AI) vaccine in the event of an AI outbreak in Australia (pdf - 358 KB) 1.0 2010
Guidance Document: Declared areas and allocation of premises definitions in an EAD response (pdf - 676 KB) 2.0 2014
Guidance Document for the Management of Pandemic (H1N1) 2009 in Pig Enterprises (pdf - 78 KB) 1.0 2010
Guidance Document: Risk-based assessment of disease control options for rare and valuable animals (pdf – 921 kB) 1.0 2016
Guidance Document: tracing and surveillance (pdf - 706 KB) 1.0 2016

7. Resource documents

Provide information of a general technical nature to stakeholders both during an EAD outbreak, as well as during ‘peacetime’. These resource documents are not endorsed AUSVETPLAN manuals but support the manuals and provide additional information to stakeholders. AHA gives no warranty that the information contained in these documents is correct or complete, and shall not be liable for any loss howsoever caused arising from use of or reliance on this information.

Resource documents Edition Date Comments
Culicoides trapping (pdf - 451 KB) 1.0 2015
BIPIM Part 1 Public Information Policy (pdf - 762 KB) 1.0 2014
BIPIM Part 2 Public Information Operations (pdf - 678 KB) 1.0 2014
BIPIM Part 3 Job Cards (pdf - 664 KB) 1.0 2014
BIPIM Part 4 Templates and Forms (pdf - 561 KB) 1.0 2014
Destruction of Birds (pdf - 736 KB) 1.0 2014
HPAI Chicken Meat Welfare report (pdf - 1 MB) 1.0 2012
National Livestock Standstill Decision Matrix for FMD (pdf - 310 KB) 1.0 2015
Pig Welfare in FMD EAD Report (pdf - 3 MB) 1.0 2012
Persistence of Disease Agents in Carcases and Animal Products (pdf - 1 MB) 1.0 2003
Dissection and sterile collection of major lymph nodes in cattle (pdf - 967 KB) 1.0 2013

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Page reviewed: April 11, 2017