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Animal Health and Production Compendium

Animal Health and Production Compendium

"A comprehensive, encyclopedic resource for information on animal health and production"

To see the Animal Health and Production Compendium go to



The Animal Health and Production Compendium (AHPC) provides a wide range of different types of science-based information on animal diseases, their pathogens and vectors; animal husbandry, genetics and the nutrition of livestock and poultry species and breeds. This information has been sourced by experts and enhanced with specialist data from organisations as well as maps, images, abstract and full text articles.

*** STOP PRESS: the functionality of the Animal Health and Production Compendium (AHPC) website has been upgraded, including providing subscribers with zoomable distribution maps. New features associated with these maps include grabbing-and-panning and zoom functionalities, better presented maps showing physical features, and improved map labelling for countries and states/provinces. Further improvements include citation linking in the text and tables to references at the end of datasheets. These are key enhancements which we encourage our subscribers to explore. ***

Vital stats

  • A subset of the latest research on animal health and production from CAB Abstracts, updated weekly, with full text of selected journal and conference articles
  • Over 2,000 images for demos and teaching
  • Glossary with more than 36,000 definitions including terms from Balliere's Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary
  • Over 1,450 full datasheets covering animal diseases, pathogens, disease vectors, livestock and poultry species and breeds and an additional 18,800 basic datasheets


Unique features

  • New: maps of species distribution including grabbing-and-panning and zoom functionality
  • Improved: citation linking in text and tables to references at the end of datasheets
  • Over 20,000 datasheets providing key, concise information on diseases, pathogens, vectors, and livestock species and breeds including geographic disease distribution data from World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
  • Extensive electronic library – sourced from over 15 reputable publishers, the AHPC’s electronic library includes original texts, book chapters, reports and articles; with over 400 book chapters added for 2017
  • Links to a vast resource of carefully selected content on the web including drug databases, OIE Manuals, CoP livestock development, animal genetic and food and nutrition resources and disease information

*Figures correct as of April 2018

"The AHPC is an electronic tool, with a user-friendly interface... removing the need to search separately through numerous sources.”  Appropriate Technology, Vol. 29, No. 3

“A wonderful and revolutionary innovation”  John David Kabasa, Makerere University, Uganda

All aspects of health and production of the major economically important livestock and poultry species and breeds throughout the world including:

  • Distribution, diagnosis, prevention and treatment of infectious, zoonotic and non-infectious diseases
  • Diseases, pathogens and vectors
  • Husbandry, housing and animal welfare
  • Genetics and breeding 
  • Nutrition and feeding 
  • Herd and rangeland management
  • Economics of animal production disease impact
  • Animal production, dairy management and technology
  • Food safety and quality of livestock and poultry products throughout the food management chain, including HACCP techniques and systems, quality assurance, important zoonotic microbial pathogens and quality and safety aspects of individual food products

Lecturers / extension officers / researchers and students / Development project workers / Government scientists and policy makers / Farmers / producers and breeders of livestock and poultry / the pharmaceutical industry  / Veterinarians / Veterinary nurses / technicians and auxiliary staff  / Feed and equipment manufacturers / marketers and distributors

CAB Direct (CABI's own platform)

User guides
AHPC userguide
AHPC user guide
Training video 
AHPC training video

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