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Board of Animal Health

Active dates:1980 -

The mission of the Board of Animal Health is to protect the health of the state's domestic animals. The Board is responsible for carrying out disease control programs for livestock and poultry in Minnesota and overseeing their enforcement.


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).


As of 2017, 5 members; appointed by governor; senate confirmation; per diem and expenses.

The Board elects a president and vice-president among its members. Every year, the Board appoints a veterinarian to serve as the state veterinarian and executive director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health.

Agency heads:

Secretaries/Executive Officers: S. H. Ward, 1903-1918; Charles E. Cotton, 1919-1942; Ralph L. West, 1942-1959; Jack G. Flint, 1960-

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Record last updated: 01/31/2019

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