CFIA Approves GlobalVetLINK’s Electronic EIA Certification System

by Rebecca Haugland | November 14, 2016

GlobalVetLINK (GVL®) announced today that its electronic Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) certificate system, EquusLINK™, is now approved for use in Canada by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

“GVL worked closely with the CFIA to create an electronic EIA certification system for vets, laboratories and owners, which is now approved for use in Canada,” said Dr. Carolyn James, CFIA Veterinary Program Specialist. “Interested accredited veterinarians have been instructed to refer to their updated manual, where they can find the GVL link or they can contact their district office. We have also indicated that GVL will be reaching out to potential clients in the near future.”

GVL’s EquusLINK system enables veterinarians to digitally create EIA test certificates and submit them to labs immediately, then receive the results from the lab through a single interface.

Currently the Animal Health Lab, University of Guelph is using GVL’s EquusLINK service for EIA certificates with three clinics, including Gallagher Equine Clinic, McMaster-Powell Equine Services and Hennessey Equine.

“Based on discussions with our US colleagues, an electronic solution for regulatory EIA submissions seemed desirable for the time-saving benefits it offers our clients, and we thank the CFIA for taking up this initiative,” said Jim Fairles, Animal Health Lab, University of Guelph Client Services Veterinarian. “We participated as the beta test site in Canada for EquusLINK, and realized the advantages of this system, including paperless submissions, embedded color photographs of horses, and electronic reporting of results. EquusLINK is beneficial in streamlining EIA submissions, and we look forward to bringing this solution to our clients!”

EIA testing occurs throughout Canada and the U.S. with detection continuing in various regions in both countries.

“The EquusLINK system speeds up the process of communication so EIA test results get to the vet and the owner faster, enabling quicker response in case of disease detection,” said Kaylen Williams-Henry, GlobalVetLINK Product Manager. “We’re thankful to the CFIA for helping us bring this system to Canada, offering vets, owners and labs an easy-to-use solution for managing EIA certificates.”

GlobalVetLINK offers complete digital animal health documentation solutions through its online platform, simplifying management of compliance and traceability. Patent-pending GVL SmartEngine™ technology helps ensure animal health documents are accurate, complete and compliant.

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About GlobalVetLINK

GlobalVetLINK (GVL®) was founded in 2001 and is the nation’s leader in providing easy-to-use, web-based animal health solutions for food and companion animal health practitioners. Their services provide intuitive online certification solutions that enable users to quickly and accurately create professional health records, including Veterinary Feed Directives (VFDs), Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (CVIs), Veterinary Prescriptions, diagnostic results and history, Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) test certificates and more. The GVL system uniquely connects veterinarians, producers and animal owners, animal diagnostic laboratories, industry partners, and government officials to improve overall animal wellness and safety. GlobalVetLINK services support animal health practitioners to establish protocols that will help improve their business in all aspects including saving money and time. For more information, go to