Energy, Mines and Resources


Disease Monitoring

The Yukon Agriculture branch works with the federal government, other Yukon government departments and industry to monitor animal and plant diseases.

Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD)

CWD is a progressive, fatal, degenerative disease of the brain affecting cervids (elk, mule deer, reindeer and white-tailed deer). It belongs to a group of related diseases called Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathies (TSE's), which include Scrapie in sheep and goats, Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) in cattle and Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease (CJD) in humans. CWD is not the same as BSE.

TSE's are caused by abnormal proteins, called prions, which accumulate in the brain. There is currently no treatment or vaccine available. In order to determine if an animal is CWD free, testing must be done post-mortem. Learn more about preventing CWD in this fact sheet  544 KB. Laboratory testing from 2001-2017 indicate that Yukon specimens have all been negative for CWD.

To monitor CWD in Yukon cervids the Yukon government implemented a Mandatory Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Program [ 231 KB] and a Voluntary Chronic Wasting Disease Surveillance Program in 2003.

The national standards for CWD Voluntary Herd Certification Programs were updated by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency in 2017. The Yukon voluntary herd certification program has now been updated to incorporate the new standards and the revised Standard Operating Procedures [ 924 KB] are available online.

The following herds are participating in the Yukon Voluntary Herd Certification Program as of July 1, 2018:


Status level

Eldorado Game Ranch



Chronic Wasting Disease Links

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA)

Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA) or swamp fever, is an incurable blood disease of horses (and other equids). It is spread by biting insects and contaminated equipment.

EIA is known to occur in Yukon and in other provinces where Yukon horses could be exposed to the virus. A Coggins test (from a blood sample) is the only way to know whether a horse is infected.

Learn more about EIA and its prevention, symptoms, and testing in this fact sheet  442 KB.

Disease Monitoring Contacts


Plant disease concerns
Yukon Agrologist 867.667.5838.

Animal disease concerns
Department of Environment, Animal Health Unit:
Dr. Mary Vanderkop, Chief Veterinary Officer 867.456.5582
Dr. Jane Harms, Program Veterinarian 867.667.8663

Call a local veterinarian:

  • Alpine Veterinary Medical Centre 867.633.5700
  • Copper Road Veterinary Clinic 867.633.5184
  • Dawson Veterinary Clinic 867.993.6792
  • Dr. Ken Kilpatrick 867.667.2510
  • All Paws Veterinary Clinic 867.667.7387

Premise identification and traceability

Jesse Walchuk, Agriculture Branch
Phone: 867.667.3043
Toll free (in Yukon): 1.800.661.0408 ext. 3043)