CaribVET works in close collaboration with national surveillance networks to promote international standards and regional harmonisation with respect to animal health and veterinary public health issues.
CaribVET aims to improve animal and veterinary public health in all the countries and/or the territories of the Caribbean. The network pledges to:
- Support the development of a regional strategy on animal health which assist in improving the competitiveness in the livestock sub-sector in the Caribbean region;
- Strengthen national capacities related to preparedness, surveillance, monitoring and management of animal and zoonotic diseases;
- Assist in implementation of early warning, early detection and quick response mecanisms for animal and zoonotic diseases
- Improve and harmonize the surveillance and control of animal and zoonotic diseases;
- Impart and expand the knowledge base of animal diseases including zoonoses and their distribution in the Caribbean;
- Create and support the development of technical tools necessary for improving the Region's technical and diagnostic capacity;
In order to achieve its objectives, CaribVET promotes collaboration with national and regional animal and veterinary public health initiatives aimed at achieveing food security/stability and food safety.
CaribVET is a collaborative network involving official veterinary services from 34 Caribbean countries/territories as well as:
- Research institutes: CIRAD (Guadeloupe) and CENSA (Cuba)
- Veterinary faculties: School Veterinary Medicine of the University of the West Indies (Trinidad and Tobago), University of Guyana, Ross University (Saint-Kitts-et-Nevis) and St. George's University (Grenada)
- CARICOM Secretariat and the Caribbean Agricultural Health and Food Safety Agency (CAHFSA)
- International organization: World Health Organization (OIE) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the UN (FAO)
- Regional organizations: US department of Agriculture (USDA-APHIS-IS), InterAmerican Institute for Cooperation in Agriculture (IICA) and Pan American Health Organization (PAHO/WHO)
CaribVET members are individuals or entitites operating in the Caribbean including chief veterinary officers, national, regional and international organisations, universities and research institution, regional private sector groups and associations, regional non governmental organizations, experts, etc.