Welcome to Secure Zoo Strategy (SZS)! This step-by-step guidance is designed to help the Exotic Animal Industry (EAI) develop a strategy to prevent Foreign Animal Diseases (FADs) such as Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), and mitigate the effects should a disease occur. As a member of the EAI, you will find that there is no “one plan fits all facilities” as there is a great deal of diversity across the industry. This document will take you through the planning process step by step to help you, as a facility operator/owner, begin developing a plan, help. This planning process is intended to help you meet your facility’s needs and the regulatory requirements imposed by officials during a FAD outbreak.
↓ Select Step 1 (Partnerships) to get started:
Three different types of information will be utilized to develop your plan.
- You will first be introduced to general information and high level concepts; players that would be involved in response, and potential effects of the disease on the facility. This will drive the protections that the facility could initiate to protect the animals from the disease.
- Next you will be walked through information necessary for plan application; or how to prepare your facility for response to the disease. The goal is for the Facility staff, with the help of the State Animal Health Officials, to use this information to outline prevention and response strategies.
- Finally, you will be shown a deeper dive into research that will enable your team to provide descriptions of the various protocols for response. The Secure Zoo Strategy’s goal is to provide a path to facility planning that allows the facility team to drill down into the different planning steps in a more productive and hopefully, time conserving manner.