The CWHC is pleased to announce that the development of our next generation of wildlife health information software is under way.

In the last 25 years, approximately 500,000 animals have passed through the hands of CWHC staff for either a diagnostic assessment or testing for a specific disease. That information is stored in a centralized national database, which enables wildlife health professionals to store and access their own data and view similar data from across Canada.

The current system is designed with this data storage and access focus in mind. Our new system is designed to take the next step and help transform data into knowledge so that it is more useful to more people and more responsive to emerging questions and scenarios. In addition to diagnostic and testing data, the system will handle observational data (e.g. citizen science) and external sources of data in a bid to broaden our scope of knowledge and provide a better tool set for decision-makers in a wildlife health context.

CWHC recently received funding from Agriculture Canada and Agri-food Canada to speed up the development of this new platform and we anticipate that the new system will be ready for beta testing in January of 2018 with a full release scheduled for March 30 of 2018.

The new Wildlife Health Intelligence Platform (WHIP) will allow the CWHC to grow its reputation as the international standard for national wildlife health programs.


CWHC professionals have fulfilled a criticial role in protecting Canadian public health, agriculture, food safety and the conservation of wildlife for over two decades. We connect a network of highly qualified professionals from science, technology, and policy-development in order to meet this need. Our database is the foundational aspect of this network and is a custom-built system designed and maintained by a team of wildlife health and information technology professionals.


A standardized, stable database a critical component of any Health Information Management system as it provides a key tool in storing data in a uniform, centralized manner. It is one of the cornerstones of any organization’s capacity to deliver critical information to stakeholders in a timely manner as it facilitates the transformation of data into knowledge which allows effective decision making and policy definition. The database records mortality events, their environmental circumstances and locations, and associated animals along with testing and disease outcome information and a comprehensive cause-of-death coding system.

The CWHC Database helps organizations increase their efficiency, effectiveness, and offers enhanced operational functionality in the following key ways;


Centralized system eliminates the need to share, or synchronize files
Integration with existing systems reduces double-entry and minimizes redundancy or mistakes


Standardized data entry points
Ease of searching/extraction
Data is centralized, so the entire data set can be searched quickly and easily to discover trends


Compartmentalized data to protect ownership and intellectual property
Reference lists reduce typing
Maps integration makes accurate geocoding much simpler and faster


Our staff give group or one-on-one training to all new users, or refresher courses where necessary. The CWHC’s dedicated IT staff respond to all support requests in a timely manner to ensure that issues are addressed. New features are automatically made available to all database users and new functionality can be requested as it is identified and is evaluated for inclusion in the system.