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
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April 12, 2023 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 Wednesday, April 12, 2023, both in person at the Minnesota Farmer’s Union (305 Roselawn Ave E, St. Paul, MN 55117, First Floor Conference Room) and 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: 680 099 462#
Start time 9:30 a.m.
Call meeting to order
Notice of Meeting
Approval of Minutes from February 8, 2023
Approval of Agenda
Jena Wasche, Mike Frye
Office of Animal Protection Bill Overview
Minnesota Department of Health Update
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Update
College of Veterinary Medicine Update
Lucy Hunt, Shauna Voss
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)/Poultry Update
Marc Schwabenlander, Stuart Lichtenberg
RT-QuIC Research Update
MVMA Recommendation on Heartworm Disease Testing for Imported Dogs and Cats
Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Program Update
Board of Animal Health Update
Election of Board Leadership
Closed Session: Appointment of Executive Director
*Agenda subject to change prior to meeting.