Web certification program enhances signature validity measures

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Ames, Iowa - 4/19/2008 - The USDA has approved heightened security measures for the nation's standard for web-based animal health certification, developed by GlobalVetLink (GVL), that will better regulate and track veterinarians' electronic signatures.

Ames, Iowa - 4/19/2008 - The USDA has approved heightened security measures for the nation's standard for web-base animal health certification -- developed by GlobalVetLink (GVL) -- that will better regulate and track veterinarians' electronic signatures.

Containing multiple forms of animal identification, including digital photos and vaccination and medical records, the updated GVL system improves security for veterinarians signing electronic inspection certificates and quickly routes them to the proper state animal authorities.

Enabling effective real-time monitoring and regulation of animal movement nationally, the system also helps DVMs, state animal regulators and diagnostic laboratories to better meet governmental requirements on interstate animal movement and EIA (Coggins) testing.

"The GlobalVetLink system is much more cost-effective and accurate than the multi-tiered paper system, which has been used for many years to track and regulate animal movement in the U.S.," says Kevin D. Maher, GVL president and founder. "The time savings for the veterinary practitioner and technicians is a huge advantage for the practice, plus the client's needs can be met more quickly and efficiently, whether it is in updating an annual Coggins test in horses or emailing replacement e-certificates if one is lost of misplaced."

GVL offers multiple services, including animal health certificates, diagnostic applications, prescription services and state animal health authority reporting.

"GlobalVetLink's seven-year growth of state and diagnostic laboratory participation continues to validate the regulatory services we provide the veterinary and regulatory communities," Maher says. "Our paperless applications are easy to use, delight animal owners and facilitate regulatory compliance for interstate and international transportation of animals."

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