The OIE PVS Pathway is a global programme for sustainable improvement of a country's Veterinary Services' compliance with OIE standards. This is an important foundation for improving animal health and public health and improving compliance with SPS standards, at the national, regional and international levels. It should be remembered that the activities of the Veterinary Services are an international public good and are consequently eligible for appropriate national, regional or international funding support.
To support these goals, there is a crucial need for appropriate legislation in the animal health field and its strict implementation through appropriate national animal health systems allowing, in principle, for: (i) Early detection of disease incursions, transparency and notification; (ii) Rapid response to animal disease outbreaks and implementation of biosecurity and bio-containment measures; (iii) Compensation strategies to indemnify animal owners; and (iv) Vaccination, as appropriate.
Good governance of animal health systems based on a close public/private partnership is the responsibility of all Governments. If one country fails, it may endanger its neighboring countries, the region, the continent and potentially the entire planet.
To help ensure the effective performance of the Veterinary Services of Member Countries and Territories, the OIE has dedicated two chapters of the OIE Terrestrial Animal Health Code (the Terrestrial Code) to the Quality of Veterinary Services.
The OIE international standards and guidelines that are the basis for country evaluations of the quality of the Veterinary Services and Animal Health Systems have been democratically adopted by all OIE Members.
A specific methodology has been developed and the OIE has published the OIE Tool for the Evaluation of Performance of Veterinary Services (OIE PVS Tool) as the basis for evaluating performance against the international standards published in the Terrestrial Code. A similar tool is available for the evaluation of Aquatic Animal Health Services.