Board Members and Meetings
The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is guided by a six-member citizen board appointed by the governor. Board members serve four-year terms and may be reappointed. Under Minnesota Statutes, two of the board members must be practicing veterinarians and four of the board members must be livestock producers, one of which 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
Dean Compart | Swine Producer, Nicollet
Jessica Koppien-Fox, DVM | Veterinarian, Marshall
Jim Vagts | Producer, Harmony
Alex Stade | Cattle Producer, Prior Lake
September 21, 2022 Board Meeting
Special Meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health
THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINITELY. INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED HERE WHEN IT IS RESCHEDULED.
Start time 9:00 a.m.
Call meeting to order
Review Farmed Cervidae Rules Draft
Next Meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health
The next quarterly meeting of the Board of Animal Health will be held Tuesday, December 6, 2022, both in person at the Oliver Kelley Farm (15788 Kelley Farm Rd, Elk River, MN 55330) and on Microsoft Teams.
Some board members may be attending this meeting remotely.
Microsoft Teams Access:
- Online: Join the meeting on Teams
- Call in (audio only): 651-395-7448
Phone Conference ID: 398 266 25#
Start time 9:30 a.m.
Call meeting to order
Notice of Meeting
Approval of Minutes from September 21, 2022
Approval of Agenda
Board of Animal Health Update
College of Veterinary Medicine Update
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Update
Minnesota Department of Health Update
Board of Animal Health Bylaws
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Update
HPAI Epidemiology Update
Ecology of Avian Influenza Viruses in the US
Farmed Cervid Updates and
Genomics Testing in White-Tailed Deer
U.S. Swine Health Improvement Plan (US SHIP) and
African Swine Fever Update
*Agenda subject to change prior to meeting.