Part I:Definitions and Abbreviations

Accredited veterinarian:

A veterinarian approved by the Administrator in accordance with the provisions of 9 CFR part 161 to perform functions required by State-Federal-Industry cooperative programs.


The Administrator of APHIS or any person authorized to act for the Administrator.


American Identification Number: A unique animal identification number consisting of 12 alphanumeric characters plus a 3-character country code. The AIN System is administered through the National AIN Oversight Board.

Animal health official:

A full time employee of the State animal health department or of APHIS who has authority from the State veterinarian or the AVIC to carry out Program activities.

Anniversary date:

The date on which the DJC gave final approval for initial Program participation.


Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Approved laboratory:

A private, State, Federal, or university laboratory that has passed an annual check test for Johne’s disease administered by NVSL. All Program testing must be done in a laboratory approved by NVSL for the specific test being used in a State’s testing program.


Area Veterinarian in Charge: The veterinary official of VS/APHIS/USDA, who is assigned by the Administrator to supervise and perform the official animal health work of APHIS in the State or States concerned.


Code of Federal Regulations.


Physical contact with susceptible species. For example, all cattle grazed together on the same area of a property or farm will be considered commingled.


Designated Johne’s disease coordinator: A person who has demonstrated the knowledge and ability to perform the functions required under these Program standards and who has been selected for this position by the State animal health official and the AVIC. The VS regional Johne’s disease epidemiologist and the VS Johne’s disease staff should concur in the selection and appointment of the DJC.

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