Animal Husbandry Working Group
Active dates:August 15, 2007-January 8, 2008
Function: The animal husbandry working group shall meet to study and prepare a report to the legislature regarding standards, training, and qualifications for persons providing the following animal husbandry services throughout Minnesota: equine teeth floating; animal chiropractic; and artificial insemination of animals other than cattle and swine. The working group shall report its findings to the agriculture policy and finance committees of the house and senate by January 15, 2008.
The animal husbandry working group was formed by the 2007 Minnesota Legislature (HF2227) to address several issues related to whether non-veterinarians should be allowed to perform a variety of animal health care and husbandry services in the state of Minnesota. The Legislature specifically charged the group with developing recommendations related to animal chiropractic, equine teeth floating and artificial insemination. (From Recommendations of 2007 Animal Husbandry Workgroup)
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture announced the formation of the group on August 15, 2007.
The commissioner of agriculture, in consultation with the chairs of the house and senate agriculture policy and finance committees, shall appoint a balanced working group of at least seven members who represent stakeholders in animal husbandry. Appointees shall consist of at least one member each who currently provides the services listed in paragraph (b), none of whom is a veterinarian. Appointees shall also include at least one member who represents the Board of Veterinary Medicine as well as at least one member who is a licensed and practicing veterinarian.
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