The World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)

The OIE global network of expertise supports the development and the excellence of animal health sciences, animal welfare standards and veterinary public health services. Founded in 1924 the OIE is an intergovernmental organization and is recognized as a reference organization by the World Trade Organization (WTO). It ensures the scientific foundation of the standards and guidelines adopted by OIE Member Countries and recognized as intergovernmental references for disease control methods and animal welfare throughout the world.

As of 2014, this OIE global network includes 247 Reference Laboratories covering 117 diseases in 38 countries and 49 Collaborating Centre's covering 46 topics in 26 countries. These institutes are selected by the relevant elected Specialist Commissions of the OIE according to their scientific excellence and then proposed for adoption by the World Assembly of OIE Delegates.

In 2007 the CWHC was officially recognized as an OIE collaborating centre with expertise in wildlife disease surveillance and monitoring, epidemiology, and management. In 2012 the CWHC and the USGS National Wildlife Health Centre (NWHC) became a joint OIE collaborating centre with the NWHC providing complementary expertise in research, diagnosis and surveillance of wildlife pathogens.

The CWHC assists the office of Canada's Chief Veterinary Officer to report to the OIE on occurrences of diseases in Canadian wildlife. The CWHC is providing education programs to OIE wildlife focal points in association with the Regional Offices and the Central Bureau. In recent years, the CWHC has provided education programs, assistance and advice to several OIE-member countries, including PR China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Japan, Mexico, Sri Lanka, South Korea, Kenya, Mozambique and the United States of America.