Disease not detected in latest round of CWD tests

Minnesota’s only currently quarantined farmed deer herd in Crow Wing County continues testing deer harvested on the farm for Chronic Wasting Disease. The latest results released by the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory did not detect CWD in deer tissue samples. The … Continued

West Nile Virus confirmed in Polk County horse

West Nile Virus has been diagnosed in a 33 year old American Quarter Horse mare in Euclid, Minnesota. The attending veterinarian reported that on October 9 the horse presented with incoordination and exhibited weakness in both hind legs. The horse … Continued

Canine influenza back on list of reportable diseases

At the request of veterinarians and the public, the Minnesota Board of Animal Health placed canine influenza back on its official list of reportable diseases; it was previously removed in 2016. Reportable diseases are those with the potential to negatively … Continued

Stearns County deer herd released from quarantine

Two farmed deer in Stearns County tested negative for Chronic Wasting Disease. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health received the negative test results last week and has since released the herd from quarantine. The herd had been quarantined since the … Continued

Biosecurity is a year-round responsibility

The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced the first case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a Tennessee commercial chicken breeder flock on March 5. Although the response and containment was quick and successful, the incident highlights the need for producers … Continued

No Chronic Wasting Disease in Board's latest test results

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health received negative test results for Chronic Wasting Disease on five white-tailed deer it traced out of an infected herd in Merrifield, Minnesota. Four of the deer were tested from a herd in Brainerd, and … Continued

A year of progress: 2016

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health’s 2016 Annual Report revolves around themes of progress and protection. Focuses of the year include: a new executive director, a renovated Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory (MPTL), new leadership in partner agencies, the discovery of … Continued

Chronic Wasting Disease discovered in two wild deer in southeast Minnesota

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) identified two positive cases of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in wild deer near Lanesboro. The Minnesota Board of Animal Health (BAH) is responding to help protect the state’s farmed and wild deer populations. A disease control zone with a 10-mile radius will … Continued

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