Ministry of Agriculture
Plant and Animal Health Page
The Plant and Animal Health Branch supports the sustainability of animal and plant agriculture, while serving to protect the well-being of the people of the province through surveillance, regulatory compliance, risk assessment, and the development of strategies to address identified risks. The Plant and Animal Health Branch consists of three key programs: The Animal Health Centre, the Livestock Management and Regulatory Unit, and the Plant Health Unit.
The Animal Health Centre provides world class veterinary diagnostic services that protect the health of all animals in B.C. to support disease prevention, control and eradication. We protect human health with the timely and accurate diagnosis of zoonotic diseases that transmit from animals to humans, in both the public health (Influenza) and the food safety sectors (Salmonella).
The Livestock Health Management and Regulatory Unit is involved in control, licensing, inspection and monitoring to ensure that safe milk is being produced on B.C.'s Dairy Farms and that healthy bees are raised to pollinate the tree fruit and berry crops of the province; through partnering, we support animal welfare and disease surveillance in B.C. and nationally.
The Plant Health Unit addresses the plant health risks and issues that affect productivity, environmental sustainability and competitiveness of agricultural crops in B.C.