The Board of Animal Health, established by the legislature in 1903 as the State Livestock Sanitary Board (Laws 1903 Chap. 352), protects the health of domestic animals in the state through administration of laws, rules, and regulations related to animal disease control, including diseases transmittable to man and those contagious only to livestock. Early disease concerns included tuberculosis in cattle and swine, glanders in horses, sheep scabies, hog cholera, and rabies. Brucellosis became a concern in the 1920s. Prior to 1903, the board's functions were performed by the Department of Health.
The Board's name changed to the Board of Animal Health in 1980 (Minn Laws 1980 Chap. 467).
2021 Minnesota Laws Chapter 28 changed board membership from five to six members, requiring at least one member to be from a federally recognized Tribe in Minnesota. Language was also added saying the board shall allow the movement of Cervidae from a Cervidae farm located within a chronic wasting disease management or endemic zone if the Cervidae have tested negative for chronic wasting disease with an antemortem test validated by the United States Department of Agriculture and the herd has met other movement requirements as set by the board.
Entries for this agency in the Annual Compilation and Statistical Report of Multi-Member Agencies Report:
2021, 2020, 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986, 1985, 1984, 1983, 1982, 1981, 1980.
Note: This report provides membership details as well as meeting information and a summary of the group's activities.