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

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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 held in December 2020, starting at 9:30 a.m. Meeting will be held remotely via Microsoft Teams.

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

Laura Molgaard
College of Veterinary Medicine Update

Stephan Schaefbauer
USDA Update

Greg Suskovic
Rabbit Hemmorhagic Disease Virus Update

Scott Wells
CWD Research Proposal Overview

Linda Glaser
Farmed Cervidae Task Force Update

Linda Glaser, Annie Balghiti
Farmed Cervidae Rule Making

Stacy Holzbauer
COVID-19 Update

Beth Thompson, Linda Glaser
Office of the Legislative Auditor Updates

Jerry Torrison
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Update

Lucy Hunt
Incident Management Team Actions

Dale Lauer
Poultry Update

Stacey Schwabenlander
USDA Open Comment Period on RFID Tag Transition/Timeline

*Agenda subject to change prior to meeting.