Division of Animal Health

Alerts

Equine Infectious Anemia reported in southwest Kansas

In August 2017, the Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health was notified that a Finney County horse tested positive for Equine Infectious Anemia (EIA). Additional horses tested positive on Aug. 29. Updates on the investigation of EIA can be found at the EIA page here.

West Nile Virus reported in Kansas horse

In August 2017, The Kansas Department of Agriculture Division of Animal Health was notified by the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory that a horse in Reno County tested positive for West Nile virus (WNV).  The horse was euthanized due the severity of the illness. This is the first reported equine case of WNV in Kansas in 2017. Horse owners are encouraged to vaccinate their horses to prevent the spread of WNV. Learn more about WNV in horses from the K-State College of Veterinary Medicine

News release 8-18-17

Atypical BSE in Alabama cow

Washington, D.C., July 18, 2017 – The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an atypical case of Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), a neurologic disease of cattle, in an eleven-year-old cow in Alabama. This animal never entered slaughter channels and at no time presented a risk to the food supply, or to human health in the United States. For more information, read the full USDA-APHIS statement

History and Mission

History

Through consolidation of the Livestock Sanitary Commission and the State Brand Commission in 1969, the Kansas Division of Animal Health (DAH) was created. Currently there are three programs that make up the DAH, Disease Control, Animal Facilities Inspections and Brands, all of which work to ensure the health and welfare of Kansas livestock and domestic animals. The DAH works in conjunction with two essential boards: the Animal Health Board and the Pet Animal Advisory board. In 2011 the DAH joined with the Kansas Department of Agriculture and in 2014 relocated to Manhattan, Kan.

Mission

  • To ensure the public health, safety and welfare of Kansas' citizens through prevention, control and eradication of infectious and contagious diseases and conditions affecting the health of livestock and domestic animals in the State of Kansas.
  • To regulate facilities that produce, sell or harbor companion animals and enforce the laws governing such facilities.
  • To direct an effective brand registration and inspection program to identify ownership of lost or stolen livestock.
  • To inform the public of the status of livestock health in the state to promote understanding and gain public assistance in achieving this mission.

New content and features

Be sure and check out our new website content!

New Deer Sampling Video!

Hunters can help ensure the safety of the meat they harvest and prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer by collecting samples from field-harvested deer and sending these samples to be tested for the disease. The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has created two videos explaining how to remove the brain stem and lymph nodes for CWD testing; one video is for hunters, and a more detailed video is for veterinarians.

Click here to view the basic video.
Veterinarians can click here to view a more detailed video.

New Biosecurity Resources!

Biosecurity Resources provides information for feedyard managers and consulting veterinarians. Additionally, fact sheets for exhibition livestock regarding biosecure practices are available.

Click here for more information.


New Brands Program Resources!

You can now apply for brands, renew existing brands and search for currently active or available brands.

Do you have a brand that has been in your family for a long period of time? Look into requesting a "Historic Brand Application" to hold the original application in your hands.

Click here for more information on the brands program resources.

Animal Health in the News

KDA Animal Health Board to Meet December 16

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. This is a regularly scheduled board meeting.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health Board will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. This is a regularly scheduled board meeting.

The meeting will be held in room 311 of the KDA office, 1320 Research Park Dr., Manhattan.

The meeting is open to the public. Individuals who have questions about the meeting should contact Kansas Animal Health Commissioner Dr. Bill Brown at William.Brown@ks.gov for more information.

Persons who require special accommodations must make their needs known at least two days prior to the meeting.

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WHO: Kansas Department of Agriculture, Division of Animal Health Board

WHAT: Regular Board Meeting

WHEN: 10:00 a.m., Friday, Dec. 16, 2016

WHERE: Kansas Department of Agriculture, 1320 Research Park Dr., Manhattan.