Launched in June, the mobile Certificate for Veterinary Inspection (CVI) application to allow veterinary practitioners to submit animal health certificates from the field is growing rapidly. It has now been adopted in ten states across the nation, including Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado, Utah, Montana, Vermont, Indiana, Virginia and Tennessee. In addition, several other states have expressed interest in using the app and are currently working with IIAD to enroll in the system.
Through a touch-screen iPad interface, animal health certificates can be created and submitted, or, if no data connection is available, stored within the application for forwarding when available. In addition to the mobile interface, end-users have the ability to print paper-based forms directly from the app and automatically and/or manually import CVIs into state animal health information systems.
The iCVI iPad app was developed by the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology (S&T) Center of Excellence, in partnership with the Texas Center for Applied Technology (TCAT), a part of the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station. The technology was developed as part of the business continuity project funded by the DHS S&T Directorate Office of University Programs, 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 world is becoming increasingly more mobile,” said Keith Biggers, TCAT director for computing and information technology. “Having tools like iCVI can allow veterinary practitioners to handle and fill out these forms in a more convenient and expedited fashion even in the most remote settings.”
IIAD is working closely with the state animal health officials and practicing veterinarians in participating states to refine and optimize the application as needed. As part of future efforts, IIAD intends to expand iCVI to operate on other mobile platforms.