West Nile Virus confirmed in Sibley County horse

An unvaccinated horse in Winthrop, Minnesota has tested positive for West Nile Virus and is severely ill. The 1.5-year-old Friesian stallion has been unable to stand for a week and is receiving supportive care. This is the first confirmed case … Continued

Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Law finishes first year

Today marks the one-year anniversary of the new laws regulating commercial dog and cat breeders, which are overseen by the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. In the time since its inception, the Board has been working with the state’s commercial … Continued

New leadership begins at the Board of Animal Health

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Board of Animal Health has named Dr. Beth Thompson as its new executive director and state veterinarian. Thompson was selected by the five-member Board to succeed Dr. Bill Hartmann, who is retiring after leading … Continued

Minnesota Lifts Ban on Poultry Exhibitions

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health announced today that it will be lifting the ban placed on poultry exhibitions and other gatherings of birds beginning December 1, 2015. Birds will be permitted at fairs, swap meets, exotic sales, petting zoos … Continued

Commercial Dog and Cat Breeder Program

Beginning July 1, 2015, each commercial dog or cat breeder in Minnesota must obtain an annual license from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. This is one of the requirements in new laws for commercial dog and cat breeders passed … Continued

Exhibitions of Birds Cancelled for 2015 Season

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced its directive to cancel all bird exhibitions at county fairs, the State Fair, and other gatherings of birds. The Board’s directive is effective through the end of 2015 and also prohibits birds … Continued

Official identification required for livestock at exhibitions

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health reminds exhibitors of livestock that animals entering all classes of exhibition need to be officially identified. The Board is offering free official ear tags to help exhibitors meet the requirement. The Board of Animal … Continued

New Board of Animal Health rules address needs of today

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that its new rules are now in effect. The Board has been working with livestock groups to adopt rules that allow the Board to control diseases and are sensible for Minnesota farmers. … Continued