In January, the Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) - Animal Health Division contacted GlobalVetLINK (GVL) to inform the company that because of the migration of the GVL certificate of veterinary inspection (CVI) data into the Colorado Department of Agriculture's animal health information management database called USAHERDS, the requirement of obtaining a permit is no longer needed for GVL users. Veterinarians using GlobalVetLINK for issuing a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) for entry of livestock into Colorado will no longer need to call the CDA office or use the Online Permitting System for an import entry permit.

USAHerds is the animal health tracking and program management application used by state animal health officials, such as CDA. The GlobalVetLINK team has worked closely with the CDA and USAHERDS to assure Colorado animal health officials seamlessly receive livestock movement information from GVL’s electronic CVI system, HealthLINK®.

“Now, we can run the reports to check on movements that in the past would have been "permitted movements" which eliminates data entry on our end and additional data entry on the users’ end.” says Alex Turner, DVM, Traceability Veterinarian at Colorado Department of Agriculture. “Our hope is that other states will also be able to do the same with their electronic traceability systems which would aid Colorado veterinarians that are using electronic methods to issue CVIs and would automatically deliver CVI data to our State database and theirs as well." 

The integration migrates data from the GVL system directly into USAHERDS in real-time. CDA has a process in place to monitor electronic CVIs coming into the database and as a result of the work of the GlobalVetLINK team, the decision was made to streamline the process for GlobalVetLINK users based on the functionality of the integration of data between GlobalVetLINK and USAHERDS systems. The data migration allows for efficient and accurate flow of livestock movement and animal ID data between the two systems as the data is submitted.

GlobalVetLINK CEO, Clifford Smith stated, “Since the inception of GlobalVetLINK, the team has been committed to improving and assuring animal health and safety through many avenues, including working with state animal health officials across the United States to help our customers fulfill any movement requirement. This is a major milestone for GlobalVetLINK in our relationship with state animal health officials,” says Smith.

The GVL team is already working to assist other states in an effort to continuously streamline workflow for GVL customers and improve data quality for state officials.  This achievement in Colorado will provide a strong cornerstone for future improvements in this area.