Our Mission

In 1903, the Minnesota Live Stock Sanitary Board was established. Since then, the agency’s name has changed but its mission has not. Over the years the Minnesota Board of Animal Health has worked with producers, veterinarians and other agencies to eradicate diseases such as pseudorabies, brucellosis, mycoplasma gallisepticum and bovine tuberculosis.

We continue to monitor animal health in Minnesota by conducting surveillance testing for diseases like chronic wasting disease, influenza in poultry, and scrapie. In addition, we are constantly preparing to respond to animal disease events by conducting emergency planning exercises and improving our ability to track livestock.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health is to protect the health of the state’s domestic animals through education and cooperation with veterinarians, producers, owners and communities.


Serving Minnesota by protecting animal health through education, collaboration and disease prevention and response.


Healthy animals for healthy people and communities.

*Style note: “Healthy animals” should always be bolded in our slogan.