Biosecurity is the range of precautions taken to minimise the risk of introducing an infectious disease into an animal (or human) population). Animal health and biosecurity are key to successful zoo and aquarium operations. The Association assists members in this area by developing industry-specific resources, including regional guidelines and manuals, and coordinating the efforts of the Veterinary Special Advisory Group (SAG) for regional outcomes.
The Association works to ensure appropriate national policy development to allow importation of zoo animals into New Zealand and Australia. The ZAA Regional Veterinary Officer (part-time) represents the industry to key stakeholders including state and federal regulators, and supports the functionality of the Vet SAG and the Australian Animal Welfare Committee.
National Zoo Biosecurity Manual (March 2011)
The National Zoo Biosecurity Manual (NZBM) was produced as a cooperative initiative between the Zoo and Aquarium Association, the Australian Wildlife Health Network, the Commonwealth Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry and the Australian Zoo Industry.
Guidelines (numbered sequentially for each section) outline the recommended practices to achieve best practice zoo biosecurity outcomes. The Manual outlines both basic guidelines and higher level guidelines for all zoos.
A biosecurity self-audit checklist for ongoing assessment and improvement is available, in electronic format, as a supplement to this Manual.
Download National Zoo Biosecurity Manual