Board Members and Meetings
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is guided by a seven-member citizen board appointed by the governor. Board members serve four-year terms and may be reappointed. Under Minnesota Statutes, three of the board members must be practicing veterinarians, one of whom specializes in companion animals, and four of the board members must be livestock producers, one of whom must be from a federally recognized tribe.
The board members elect a president and vice-president and also annually appoint a veterinarian to serve as the state veterinarian and executive director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. The board meets quarterly. Board meeting notices are posted on the Board’s website and meetings are open to the public.
Erica Sawatzke | Board President, Poultry Producer, Kensington
Peggy Anne Hawkins, DVM | Board Vice President, Veterinarian, Northfield
Jessica Koppien-Fox, DVM | Veterinarian, Marshall
Alex Stade | Cattle Producer, Prior Lake
Steve Neil | Livestock Producer, Northfield
Brandon Schafer | Livestock Producer, Goodhue
Abigail Maynard, DVM | Veterinarian Specializing in Companion Animals, St. Paul Park
December 6, 2023 Board Meeting
Special Meetings of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health
No special meetings currently scheduled.
Next Meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health
The next quarterly meeting of the Board of Animal Health will be held Wednesday, December 6, 2023, at Hocokata Ti, 2300 Tiwahe Circle, Shakopee, MN 55379, and virtually on Microsoft Teams.
Some board members may be attending this meeting remotely.
- Online: Join the meeting on Microsoft Teams
- Call in (audio only): 651-395-7448
Phone Conference ID: 135 811 742#
Start time 9:30 a.m.
Peggy Anne Hawkins
Call meeting to order
Notice of Meeting
Approval of Minutes from September 27, 2023
Approval of Agenda
2024 Board Meeting Dates
Board of Animal Health Update
Minnesota Department of Health Update
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and
College of Veterinary Medicine Updates
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Update
HPAI Control Areas Overview
USDA HPAI in Wildlife Research Update
Companion Animal Update
Field Inspection Opportunities for Board Members
Addie Evans-Engelke and Michael Oehler
White-Tailed Deer Authority Transfer to DNR
Incident Management Team Structure
*Agenda subject to change prior to meeting.