Guidelines to Export Frozen Canine Semen to New Zealand and Approve a Storage Facility

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Conditions to export frozen canine semen to New Zealand are available on the New Zealand Government website as the Import Health Standard for Importing Frozen Semen From Specified Countries (26 May 2008).

Canada is listed among the specified countries for which this import health standard is applicable (section 6.2).

The "Model Zoosanitary Certificate" which is included in the import health standard should be used. Sections I to V of the certificate are to be completed by a private registered veterinarian and owner/exporter, while section VI is to be completed by a Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) official veterinarian. An official stamp is to be applied on all pages.

All statements signed by the CFIA veterinarian should be supported by appropriate documentation (declaration, laboratory reports) obtained from the private registered veterinarian.

Any serological tests that are required should be undertaken in private laboratories, which are linked with either the province or a university.

Any serological tests that are required should be undertaken in private laboratories, which are linked with either the province or a university.

Approval of storage of semen:

  1. The CFIA district office inspects the facility where the semen is to be stored.
  2. This inspection is valid for a year. An annual inspection should be considered if there is regular collection of frozen canine semen. The premises may be revisited during the year at the discretion of the district office, but any modification to the storage conditions should be approved by the district office.
  3. The semen to be exported to New Zealand must be stored in a separate nitrogen container uniquely with semen sourced from donors eligible to export to New Zealand.
  4. The container should be clearly identified "New Zealand," with the container number and type indicated in the inspection report.
  5. The container should be either new, or cleaned and disinfected before use.
  6. The container should be filled with new liquid nitrogen, which has never been used before. It is at the discretion of the district office to attend the filling of the container with the new nitrogen, and to ensure appropriate cleaning and disinfection.
  7. The container should be under lock at all times and under the direct control of the registered veterinarian.
  8. The container should be placed in a separate room or cabinet to which only authorized staff has access.
  9. The container may be stored in the same room as other nitrogen containers used for other purposes.

An inspection report should be produced and kept at the district office for audit purposes. Area specialists may decide on distribution of the report.

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