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Veterinary Services in Austria. Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth Dr. Johann Damoser Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer. FEDERAL REPUBLIC Nine Provinces, 99 Districts App. 8 Mill. inhabitants, app. 84,000 km 2 Federal Government, represented by Federal Chancellor,

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Veterinary Services in Austria

Federal Ministry of Health, Family and Youth

Dr. Johann Damoser

Deputy Chief Veterinary Officer

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Nine Provinces, 99 Districts

App. 8 Mill. inhabitants, app. 84,000 km2

Federal Government, represented by Federal Chancellor,

13 Federal Ministers

Nine Provincial Governments, represented by

Provincial Governor and Councillors

99 local administrative units (Districts), represented by Head of District and local administration

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  • Central Veterinary Administration

    in the Ministry of Health, Family and Youth

    3 departments, co-ordination by Chief Veterinary Officer(CVO)

  • 9 regional veterinary administrations in the provinces, 1 dept., co-ordination by Provincial Veterinary Officer(PVO)

  • 99 local veterinary administrations, management and co-ordination by District Veterinary Officer, (DVO)

    executive organ, subordinate to PVO

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Sektion /DivisionI

Personal, zentrale Organisation/

staff and central organisation

AGES = laboratories







beauftragtes Organ für Veterinärwesen


Sektion /DivisionIV

Leiter: Prof. Dr. SCHLÖGEL

Verbraucherges. und Gesundheitsprävention/

consumer health and health prevention


Fachexperte/technical expert

Alpenweideviehverkehr, Veterinärvereinba-

rungen/ temp. grazing, vet. agreements, WTO

Bereich /SectorB

Leiter: Mag. Ulrich HERZOG, CVO

Verbrauchergesundheit/consumer health

Abteilung/department 7

Leiter: Dr. Peter KRANNER

Lebensmittelangelegenheiten/food control


Leiter: Dr. J. DAMOSER

Deputy - CVO

Tiergesundheit, Handel mit leb.Tieren und Veterinärrecht/

animal health, trade in live

animals and vet. legislation

Dr. Anton BARTL

Leiter d. grenztierärztl. Dienstes/vet. border control

Abteilung/department 6

Leiter: Dr. ElisabethREISP

Tierschutz, Tierseuchen- u. Zoonosen-

Bekämpfung/ animal welfare, control of diseases and zoonoses


Leiter: Dr. Peter-Vitus STANGL

Lebensmittelsicherheit bei der Fleischerz., der Primärprod. u. tier. Nebenprodukte/ food safety inmeat and primary production, and animal by-products

Abteilung/department 8


Neue Lebensmittel/ novel food, Codex

Abteilung/department 9

Leiter: Dr. Michael HAAS




veterinary border control

  • Stand 17.7.2007

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Enacting veterinary regulations and execution

in federal responsibility

Execution via „indirect federal administration“ by the Provincial Governor (PG)

  • Minister has Right of Order towards the Provincial Governor

  • Organisation of administration in the provinces lies with Provincial Governor

  • Obligation for the provinces to report on demand of the Minister

    Execution via „direct federal administration“ by the

    Federal Minister (FM)

  • Right of Direct Order with regard to veterinary border inspection (5 BIPs at present)

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Animal Health Services

Self-control-system for farmers and vets

controlled by accredited private control organisations and the State


  • Promotion of animal health and animal welfare by competent supervision and further education

  • Reduction and surveillance of the use of veterinary drugs

  • Guarantee safety and quality of food from animal origin at the highest possible level

    14 programmes for specific animal species:

  • set up in working groups

  • agreed upon in advisory board

  • official notification in AVN (official veterinary bulletin)

  • legally binding

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Status regarding Notifiable Animal Diseases

Free from Diseases of (former) List A of OIE

Official Freedom / Additional Guarantees:

Bovine Tuberculosis

Bovine Brucellosis

Enzootic Bovine Leucosis



Brucella melitensis

Aujeszky´s Disease

National programmes for BVD and Paratuberculosis eradication

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Number of Veterinarians

Total number of veterinarians: App. 2,500

Central veterinary administration: 23 + 12 BIP

Provincial vet. administrations: App. 75

District Veterinary Officers : App. 150

„Official Veterinarians“: App. 260

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Persons appointed to carry out official tasks

->with regard to their official activities:

  • subject to directions

  • rules on bias apply

  • officer within the meaning of the penal act (official delicts: abuse of position, improper acceptance of gifts, malversatory certification,…)

  • public liability/officer‘s liability

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Private Veterinarians

Animal Disease Act (ADA)

possibility to make use of freelance veterinarians, preferably those resident in the administrative district

  • in case of outbreak of a disease (§ 2a (1) ADA) as veterinarians with special responsibility for the disease

  • preventing the spread or introduction of animal diseases

    - carrying out officially required protective vaccination

    (§ 2a (3) ADA)

    e.g.: Bluetongue

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Private veterinarians

Examination activities

  • Animal Health Act (§ 2(6) AHA)

    Unless official veterinarians are available in sufficient numbers for measures falling under this federal act, the provincial governor shall appoint free-lance veterinarians. Preferably, he shall make use of veterinarians resident in the respective political district …

    example: Poultry Hygiene Regulation (attending veterinarian),


  • IBR/IPV-Act (IBR/IPV-ExaminationReg.)

  • Brucellosis Act (Brucellosis-ExaminationReg.)

  • Bovine Leukosis Act (Bovine Leukosis-ExaminationReg. 2008)

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Private Veterinarians

Animal Health

  • Issue of Certificates (§ 45 (8) EBVO)

    Any freelance veterinarian who legitimately practices his profession and has his practice in Austria, as well as the University of Veterinary Medicine Vienna is entitled to issue a Pet Pass in accordance with Reg (EC) No. 998/2003 in connection with Decision 2003/803/EC.

    More than 100,000 Pet Passes delivered

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  • Milk sampling by qualified persons

    § 2 (6) Animal Health Act

    -> § 3 BVD-Regulation

    § 2 (3) Bovine Leukosis Act

    -> § 2 (2) Bovine Leukosis Examination Reg.

  • § 2b Animal Disease Act: Disinfection assisstants

    § 2b (1) The Provincial Governor shall provide for a supply of specially trained persons and suitable equipment.

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Meat Inspection (2006)

  • 279 public official vets (central administration, provinces, districts)

  • 1 099 official vets (meat inspection)

  • 29 meat inspectors

  • 151 official inspectors for Trichinella

  • 40 company staff workers for inspection of poultry meat

  • 25 043 trained persons for game meat inspection

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Structure of establishments

  • 501 large scale establishments (slaughtering/year over 1000 LStU or 250 t meat cutting/year)

    • 132 slaughterhouses

    • 279 cutting plants

    • 159 cold stores

    • 236 meat processing plants

  • 10 600 small scale establishments

    • 4800 slaughterhouses

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Number of inspected carcases in 2006

  • 54 185 400 chicken

  • 5 282 015 pigs

  • 2 068 684 turkeys

  • 595 672 cattle

  • 106 761 sheep

  • 87 091 calves

  • 15 253 other poultry (ducks, geese)

  • 3 283 goats

  • 2 850 farmed game ruminats

  • 915 horses

  • 574 farmed game boars

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Number of inspected wild game carcases in 2006

  • 306 295 deer

  • 201 000 wild poultry

  • 125 000 hares

  • 42 148 red deer

  • 19 754 boars

  • 17 793 chamois

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Zentralveterinär- behörde

Labor (z.B. AGES)

Ldw. Betrieboderx/y Koordinate




Betreuungs- und Kontrollbesuch

Untersuchung und Probe

sowie Untersuchungsergebnis

Programmteilnahmen und Programmergebnisse


Veterinärmaßnahmen (z.B. Sperren)


Betreuungs- und Kontrollbesuch - TKZVO Schwein, Schaf, Ziege - Tiergesundheit - Tierkrankheit aufgrund Monitoring - Tierkrankheit aufgrund Verdacht

- Rückstandsverdacht

- Rückstandsmonitoring

Tierkrankheit - Untersuchung - Probe

- Probenergebnis

- Untersuchungsergebnis

Programm - 1782/2002 (CC) - EU Programme - Tiergesundheitsprogramme - TGD Programme

ProgrammteilnahmenProgrammergebnisse (Gesundheitsstatus)



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Links for further information:

Bundesministerium für Gesundheit, Familie und Jugend

Ministry of Health, Family and Youth

Österreichische Tierärztekammer/ Austrian Veterinary Chamber

Information about the Austrian Animal Health Service