The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is guided by a six-member citizen board appointed by the governor. Board members serve four-year terms and may be reappointed. Under Minnesota Statutes, two of the board members must be practicing veterinarians and four of the board members must be livestock producers, one of which 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

Erica Sawatzke | Board President, Poultry Producer, Kensington

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

Dean Compart | Swine Producer, Nicollet

Jessica Koppien-Fox, DVM | Veterinarian, Marshall

Jim Vagts | Producer, Harmony

Alex Stade | Cattle Producer, Prior Lake

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Video Recordings

December 6, 2022 Board Meeting

Special Meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health



Start time 9:00 a.m.

Dean Compart
Call meeting to order

Board members
Review Farmed Cervidae Rules Draft

Next Meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health

The next quarterly meeting of the Board of Animal Health will be held Wednesday, February 8, 2023, both in person at the Best Western Plus Kelly Inn (100 4th Ave. S., St. Cloud, MN 56301) 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 December 6, 2022
Approval of Agenda

Nicholas Haley
CWD Predictive Genetics Research

Laura Molgaard
College of Veterinary Medicine Update

Marion Garcia
Board of Animal Health Update

Michelle Medina
Legislative Update

Elaine Hansen and  Caroline Hairfield
Companion Animal Overview

Joni Scheftel
Minnesota Department of Health Update

Albert Rovira
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Update

Stephan Schaefbauer
USDA Update

Brenda Hartkopf and Scott Fier
Farmed Cervidae Production Overview

Erik Jopp and Shauna Voss
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)/Poultry Update

Carol Cardona
HPAI and the Poultry Industry 

Courtney Wheeler
Cattle Program Update

Courtney Wheeler
Transition to Electronic Health Certificates

*Agenda subject to change prior to meeting.