APHIS to provide help with electronic certificates of inspection

Published on June 15, 2007
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Accredited veterinarians who attend the AVMA Annual Convention this July can receive assistance with transitioning to electronic certificates of veterinary inspection.

The electronic animal health certificates are part of the Veterinary Services Process Streamlining system—which offers a single site for Web access to electronic versions of the forms, applications, and certification processes necessary for interstate and international movement of animals and animal products. The VSPS system, online at https://vsps.aphis.usda.gov/vsps/, is part of a developing initiative through the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

The USDA designed VSPS for accredited veterinarians and for state and federal animal health officials. The system will contribute to the 48-hour trace-back goal of the National Animal Identification System.

The USDA already has launched more than one module of VSPS—including the eInterstate Module and eVeterinary Accreditation Program.

The eInterstate Module includes the eCertificate of Veterinary Inspection, a new online version of an animal health certificate that the USDA began to implement last year (see JAVMA, Feb. 15, 2006). The eCVI allows veterinarians to attach official test charts for equine infectious anemia, brucellosis, and tuberculosis. The eInterstate module also includes a component for submitting charts electronically to laboratories that have approval through the National Veterinary Services Laboratories to run specific tests.

This year, the USDA is implementing the eVeterinary Accreditation Program. The eVAP module allows accredited veterinarians to confirm that their accreditation and contact data are current and correct in the national database. An accredited veterinarian who registers with eVAP can write an eCVI. Veterinarians seeking accreditation will soon be able to apply online.

So far, veterinarians in 31 states are using various VSPS modules. The USDA continues to develop other VSPS modules, such as for the import and export of animals.

The USDA encourages veterinarians attending the AVMA Annual Convention to learn more about VSPS by talking to APHIS staff at Booth 780 in the exhibit hall.

Accredited veterinarians who wish to activate an account with the VSPS system during convention should begin the USDA's eAuthentication process for Level 2 access beforehand by visiting here. The eAuthentication system offers access to the USDA's Web applications and services. Accredited veterinarians should complete the first step of Level 2 eAuthentication no more than seven days prior to seeking activation.

At the APHIS booth, staff will activate the accounts and help veterinarians update information with the eVeterinary Accreditation Program. Afterward, veterinarians will be able to access their accreditation profile and write eCertificates of Veterinary Inspection.

Information about VSPS is available from Amelita Facchiano, USDA-APHIS-VS, Centers for Epidemiology and Animal Health, 2150 Centre Ave., Building B, Fort Collins, CO 80526-8117; or by e-mail, amelita [dot] facchianoataphis [dot] usda [dot] gov. The VSPS help desk is available by calling (877) 944-8457, selecting 3, then selecting 2.