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Market Assurance Program Training

Animal Health Australia (AHA) manages the Australian Johne’s Disease Market Assurance Programs (MAPs) on behalf of the Australian alpaca, cattle, goat and sheep industries.

Australian Johne’s Disease Market Assurance Program approved training for veterinarians

AHA maintains a training program and resources to assist veterinarians to complete the training necessary to meet the requirements of the MAPs.

Veterinarians wishing to offer MAP services to their clients must meet a number of prerequisites, including current veterinary registration, Accreditation Program for Australian Veterinarians (APAV) accreditation and completion of the MAP training program.

The MAP training program is also available as a veterinary continuing professional development (CPD) activity.

About the MAPs

The MAPs are a key strategy in the control of Johne’s disease in Australia.

  • AlpacaMAP
  • GoatMAP
  • SheepMAP

These voluntary quality assurance programs enable livestock producers to objectively assess and promote the low risk Johne’s Disease status of their flock or herd to their clients. CattleMAP ceased on 1 November 2016.

Livestock producers are responsible for the management and implementation of the MAP. They obtain professional advice on the potential risks to the flock or herd and appropriate management strategies from the supervising MAP-approved veterinarian.

A MAP-approved veterinarian undertakes testing, investigations and an annual review (internal audit) of the producer’s MAP.

Veterinarians are approved for the purposes of the MAP by the state Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) of the jurisdiction in which they practice. Note: this is not a necessary step for the Johne’s Beef Assurance Score (J-BAS), which is not a MAP.

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Page reviewed: 03/07/2019