Board Members and Meetings
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.
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
December 6, 2022 Board Meeting
Special Meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health
THIS MEETING HAS BEEN POSTPONED INDEFINITELY. INFORMATION WILL BE POSTED HERE WHEN IT IS RESCHEDULED.
Start time 9:00 a.m.
Call meeting to order
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.
Start time 9:30 a.m.
Call meeting to order
Notice of Meeting
Approval of Minutes from December 6, 2022
Approval of Agenda
CWD Predictive Genetics Research
College of Veterinary Medicine Update
Board of Animal Health Update
Elaine Hansen and Caroline Hairfield
Companion Animal Overview
Minnesota Department of Health Update
Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Update
Brenda Hartkopf and Scott Fier
Farmed Cervidae Production Overview
Erik Jopp and Shauna Voss
Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI)/Poultry Update
HPAI and the Poultry Industry
Cattle Program Update
Transition to Electronic Health Certificates
*Agenda subject to change prior to meeting.