Dear Stakeholders, 

USDA APHIS Veterinary Services is seeking internationally recognized U.S experts in specific areas of animal health to participate in World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) ad hoc groups.

General information about OIE ad hoc groups is available at this link:

The OIE’s current Work Plan identifies the following topics that the OIE is (or plans) working on:

  • Bovine spongiform encephalopathy
  • Dourine
  • Rinderpest
  • Porcine cysticercosis
  • Echinococcus granulosus
  • Contagious equine metritis
  • Equine piroplasmosis
  • Mycobacterium tuberculosis complex
  • Import of semen from countries not free from PRRS
  • Scrapie
  • Equine encephalomyelitis (Eastern, Western, Venezuelan)

Note that applicants must demonstrate broad expertise in animal health aspects of international trade in animals or their products, the control of animal diseases, animal welfare, veterinary public health and a good understanding of the implementation of OIE standards, within an applicant’s activities as they relate to the pathogens listed above.

If you are an internationally recognized expert in one or more of the topics listed above, and you are willing to commit your time to the activities of the OIE, as the case requires, please submit the following two documents to Dr. P. Gary Egrie () and Dr. Ed Arza ():

  1. A brief letter of interest that summaries your expertise and commitment to serve, if selected; and
  2. A copy of your resume or CV, demonstrating your specific expertise in one or more of the topic areas noted above, for which you wish to be considered.

Additionally, please forward this message to anyone else you believe might be interested in participating.

If you desire further information, please feel free to contact us.

Thank you for your interest.


P. Gary Egrie, VMD

USDA APHIS Veterinary Services, Office of International Affairs

4700 River Road, Riverdale, Maryland, 20737

(301) 851-3304