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Veterinary information management system (VIMS) in the process of notification and management of animal diseases

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Author(s): Plavšić Budimir | Nedić D. | Mićović Z. | Tešić M. | Stanojević S. | Ašanin Ružica | Krnjaić D. | Tajdić Nada | Milanović S.

Journal: Acta Veterinaria
ISSN 0567-8315

Volume: 59;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 99;
Date: 2009;
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Keywords: animal disease notification system | animal healthcontrol | food safety | risk analysis | veterinary information management system

ABSTRACT
A prerequisite to the development of an efficient animal health, food safety and traceability management system in the animal food production chain is the implementation of an integrated veterinary informational management system (VIMS) capable for the capture, storage, analysis and retrieval of data and providing the opportunity for the cumulative gathering of the knowledge and capability for its competent interpretation. Such a system will enable collecting appropriate data, including quality management and inspection controls, from all establishments and commodities in the 'from farm to fork' food production chain (farms, holdings, slaughterhouses, laboratories, traders etc.) in a structured, predefined format, and facilitate competent analyses and reporting of such data, as well as the improvement of the existing programs and strategies. The role of information system in animal disease diagnosis, surveillance and notification, control of national and international trade of commodities, food safety management, investigation of diseases, predictive microbiology and quantitative risk assessment is of great importance for the quality of veterinary service. Integral part of the VIMS is animal disease notification system designed according to and in compliance with international requirements, standards and recommendation and able to exchange relevant information with similar information systems. The aim of this contribution is to describe national animal disease notification system which is in place in Serbia as a part of VIMS.
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