Division of Animal Health

History and Mission


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.


  • 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.

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