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  1. Safeguard the health status of our national herd and fish stocks  through specific and generalised surveillance programmes to detect exotic and newly emerging disease.
  2. To enhance the value and competitiveness of Irish animals and produce in the marketplace.
  3. To contribute to the one health concept and protect human population from zoonotic disease; safeguarding the food we produce and consume.
  4. Ensure optimal preparedness in the event of an exotic or newly emerging disease outbreak.
  5. Protect the health status of animals used for companionship and sport.