As the competent veterinary authority, the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration (DVFA) is responsible for the prevention and control of animal diseases in Denmark.
Denmark has a long history of intensive animal production, food production, and trade of animals and animal products. Proportionate to the size of the country and compared with other countries, the level of animal production is quite high, and production has increased over the past decades.
Disease control programmes have been developed in parallel with the increase in animal production in order to improve animal health, animal welfare and the production of healthy foods.
Diseases in animals are controlled due to concerns of animal welfare to prevent infections in humans and animals, and due to food safety and trade interests. The extensive trade in Danish animals and animal products is highly dependent of a high health status of Danish livestock.
The DVFA constantly aims at adapting the legal framework of disease control to changes in farming practices, disease risks, etc. The veterinary contingency capabilities are continuously being improved to provide a prompt and effective response to every single suspected case or outbreak of a notifiable infectious livestock disease.
Improvements are carried out, the emphasis being on:
- Reduction of the probability of an introduction of exotic livestock diseases in Denmark.
- Minimisation of the risk of national spread of a disease by restricting hazardous animal trade practices and improving biosecurity measures in peacetime.
- Effective disease surveillance and early detection of diseases.
- Appropriate and effective actions for the control of disease outbreaks.
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