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iNAP Animal Health Implementation Committee

An Animal Health Implementation Committee was set up in January 2018, chaired by Ireland’s Chief Veterinary Officer, and tasked with overseeing the completion of the Animal Health actions outlined in iNAP. This Committee brings together various animal health stakeholders to collaborate on achieving completion of the projects outlined in the Animal Health Implementation Plan which was developed jointly with the stakeholders. The stakeholders represented on the Committee are Animal Health Ireland (AHI), Animal and Plant Health Association (APHA), Bord Bia, Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI), Health Products Regulatory, Authority (HPRA), Irish Cattle Breeders Federation (ICBF), Irish Co-operative Organisation Society (ICOS), Irish Creamery Milk Suppliers Association (ICMSA), Irish Farmers’ Association (IFA), Irish Grain and Feed Association (IGFA), Meat Industry Ireland (MII), Safefood, Teagasc, University College Dublin (UCD), Veterinary Council of Ireland (VCI) and Veterinary Ireland (VI). This Committee meets quarterly.

Terms of Reference


Added 09.10.20

Professor Michael Diskin (Teasgasc), Dr. Martin Blake (Chief Veterinary Officer, DAFM), Mr. Conor Geraghty (President, Veterinary Ireland), Professor Gerry Boyle (Teagasc), Mr. Hugh Farrell (Animal Health and Welfare Chair, ICSA)

DAFM welcomes the recent launch of the Code of Good Practice Regarding the Responsible Use of Antimicrobials on Sheep Farms, which will serve as a useful tool containing practical strategies for sheep farmers to address the challenge of antimicrobial resistance. DAFM acknowledges the collaboration and work of the Irish Farmer’s Association, Veterinary Ireland and Teagasc who developed these guidelines under the chairmanship of the Animal and Plant Health Association.


 Added 09.10.20

Left – Mr. John Keogh, Chief Executive, Animal and Plant Health Association, Middle – Ms. Caroline Garvan, Superintending Veterinary Inspector, Antimicrobial Resistance Section, Right – Minister Pippa Hackett, Minister of State for Land Use and Biodiversity

The Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine, and the members of the iNAP Animal Health Sector Implementation Committee welcomed the recent publication the Code of Practice for Responsible Use of Antimicrobials in Sheep, a very useful tool for farmers and the result of extensive collaboration and effort between Irish Farmers Association, Veterinary Ireland and Teagasc, under the chairmanship of John Keogh of the Animal and Plant Health Association.

The Guidelines were officially launched by Minister Hackett on Friday 25th September and were also discussed during the Teagasc Virtual Sheep Week 21st – 25th September.

iNAP Animal Health Implementation Plan

Minutes of Meetings