TCAT helps develop mobile Certificate of Veterinary Inspection application

June 24, 2014
| By: Aubrey Bloom

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Center of Excellence, in partnership with the Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT), a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station, has developed a mobile Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) application to support veterinary practitioners submitting animal health certificate records from the field. The technology was developed as part of the Institute's DHS funded business continuity project, and in close coordination and collaboration with state animal health officials (SAHOs) in Colorado and Kansas. The mobile application was modeled after and builds upon the eCVI PDF form developed by the SAHOs in these states.

The "iCVI" iPad app is currently available for free download from Apple's App Store and provides an easy-to-use, touch-screen interface for digitally entering animal health certificate data. IIAD's iCVI strives to expand the toolbox of capabilities available to veterinary practitioners, allowing them to easily submit electronic animal health certificates, or store that information within the application for forwarding when data connectivity becomes available. This real-time information sharing is an alternative to email or web-based systems, and helps improve communication between veterinarians and state animal health offices by supporting certificate submission from the field.

In addition to providing a mobile interface for CVIs, the end-user has the ability to print paper-based forms directly from the mobile application. Submitted CVIs can also be automatically and/or manually imported into state animal health information systems.

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