The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is guided by a five-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 livestock producers and two must be practicing veterinarians.

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.

Board Members

Dean Compart | President of the Board and Swine Producer, Nicollet

Matt Anderson, DVM | Vice-President of the Board and Veterinarian, Zumbrota

Jim Vagts | Producer, Harmony

Peggy Anne Hawkins | Veterinarian, Northfield

Erica Sawatzke | Poultry Producer

Click here to email members of the board


Video Recordings

September 9, 2020 Board Meeting (two parts)

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Part 2:


Next Meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health

The next quarterly meeting of the Board of Animal Health will be Wednesday, December 9 at 9:30 a.m. This meeting is being held electronically due to the Governor’s Emergency Executive Order 20-99 regarding the current pandemic. Members of the public will be able to monitor this meeting remotely, by telephone via Microsoft Teams (connection information will be posted here closer to the meeting date).

Click here to review a memo regarding the decision to hold the December 2020 meeting remotely.

Agenda Items*

Start time 9:30 a.m.

Dean Compart
Call meeting to order
Approval of Minutes
Approval of Agenda

Beth Thompson
Board of Animal Health Update

Kara Schmidt
Budget Update

Peder Kjeseth
Legislative Update

Tony Dank
USDA Update

Stacey Schwabenlander
Power BI TB Dashboard Demonstration

Laura Molgaard
College of Veterinary Medicine Update

Phil Pulitzer
Data Practices

Gary Nohrenberg
Feral Swine Control in Minnesota

Michelle Carstensen
CWD in Wild Deer Update

Linda Glaser
Houston County CWD Positive Herd Update

Linda Glaser, Annie Balghiti
Farmed Cervidae Rule Making Update

Jerry Torrison
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Update

Joni Scheftel
COVID-19 Update

Shauna Voss
Poultry Update

*Agenda subject to change prior to meeting.