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.
Erica Sawatzke | Board President, Poultry Producer, Kensington
Peggy Anne Hawkins, DVM | Board Vice President, Veterinarian, Northfield
Jessica Koppien-Fox, DVM | Veterinarian, Marshall
Alex Stade | Cattle Producer, Prior Lake
Steve Neil | Livestock Producer, Northfield
Brandon Schafer | Livestock Producer, Goodhue
Abigail Maynard, DVM | Veterinarian Specializing in Companion Animals, St. Paul Park
February 6, 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, February 6, 2024, at the Willmar Conference Center (240 23rd St SE, Willmar, MN 56201) and on Microsoft Teams.
Some board members may be attending this meeting remotely.
- Online: Join the meeting on Microsoft Teams
- Call in (audio only): 651-395-7448
Phone Conference ID: 647 340 152#
Start time 9:30 a.m.
Call meeting to order
Notice of Meeting
Approval of Minutes from December 6, 2023
Approval of Agenda
Board of Animal Health Update
Minnesota Department of Health Update
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and
College of Veterinary Medicine Updates
Overview of Rule Making Process
Equine Exhibition Official Veterinarian Pilot Project
Foreign Animal Diseases Overview of Activities
Depopulation Exercise Update
Tour of Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory to follow the meeting.
*Agenda subject to change prior to meeting.