The new Animal Health Act, Alberta’s primary animal disease control legislation, came into effect on January 1, 2009, along with three new regulations. This Act will ensure a rapid and effective response to an animal disease occurrence.

 

An article was recently published in the Red Deer Advocate which sensationalized the requirements for horse/land owners. The article also misquoted Dr. Darrell Dalton who made a short presentation regarding the new legislation at the recent Horse Breeders & Owners Conference in Red Deer, and also delivered an educational session on biosecurity. For a little "Horse Sense and Premise ID" clarification from the Ag Info Centre, click here.

The Traceability Premises Identification Regulation requires that all those keeping "recordable animals" on their property must have a premises identification number. Horses are included in the list of recordable animals.

For more information on the Animal Health Act, the Traceability Premises Identification Regulation, or to obtain a copy of the premises ID application, click here.

For more information, contact the office of the Chief Provincial Veterinarian at 780-427-3448.