Board Members and Meetings

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is guided by a seven-member citizen board appointed by the governor. Board members serve four-year terms and may be reappointed. Under Minnesota Statutes, three of the board members must be practicing veterinarians, one of whom specializes in companion animals, and four of the board members must be livestock producers, one of whom must be from a federally recognized tribe.

The board members elect a president and vice-president and also annually appoint a veterinarian to serve as the state veterinarian and executive director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. The board meets quarterly. Board meeting notices are posted on the Board’s website and meetings are open to the public.

Board Members

Headshot of Erica Sawatzke

Erica Sawatzke | Board President, Poultry Producer, Kensington

Headshot of PeggyAnne Hawkins

Peggy Anne Hawkins, DVM | Board Vice President, Veterinarian, Northfield

Headshot of Jessica Koppien-Fox

Jessica Koppien-Fox, DVM | Veterinarian, Marshall

Headshot of Alex Stade

Alex Stade | Cattle Producer, Prior Lake

Headshot of Steve Neil

Steve Neil | Livestock Producer, Northfield

Headshot of Brandon Schafer

Brandon Schafer | Livestock Producer, Goodhue

Headshot of Abigail Maynard

Abigail Maynard, DVM | Veterinarian Specializing in Companion Animals, St. Paul Park

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Video Recordings

April 3, 2024 Board Meeting

Special Meetings of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health

No special meetings currently scheduled.

Next Meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health

The next quarterly meeting of the Board of Animal Health will be held Tuesday, September 17, at Redhead Creamery (31535 463rd Ave, Brooten, MN 56316), and on Microsoft Teams.

Some board members may be attending this meeting remotely.

Agenda Items*

Start time 9:30 a.m.

Erica Sawatzke
Call meeting to order
Notice of Meeting
Approval of Minutes from April 3, 2024
Approval of Agenda

Brian Hoefs
Board of Animal Health Update

Michelle Medina
Legislative Update

Stephan Schaefbauer
USDA Update

Stacy Holzbauer
Minnesota Department of Health Update

Hemant Naikare
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Update

Laura Molgaard
College of Veterinary Medicine Update

Melissa Smith
Budget Update

*Agenda subject to change prior to meeting.