Division of Animal Health

Trichomoniasis

After more than 18 months and more than 36 public meetings with at least 2,000 stakeholders, the Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Division of Animal Health published a final regulation, effective October 4, 2013, regarding Trichomoniasis (Trich) in cattle.

Trich is a highly-contagious venereal disease in cattle carried by a bull and transmitted to a cow during breeding. It causes pregnancy loss or abortion in the cow, prolonged calving intervals and high open rates in infected herds, which costs livestock farmers and ranchers valuable income.

The final regulation addresses the change of ownership of bulls within Kansas and import requirements for both bulls and females. The department reviewed public comments and addressed stakeholder concerns in the final rule.

Resources

Trich Regulation K.A.R. 9-7-4
Trich Factsheet
Trich Bull Affidavit
Trich Female Affidavit
Trich Herd Management Plan
Trich Flier for Kansas Livestock

Trich-Exposure County Map

Veterinarians seeking to become Trich certified should visit the Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Trich Certification course link at: Online Tritrichomonas Veterinarian Certification

History and Mission

The Division of Animal Health (DAH) was created in 1969 by consolidating all of the activities of: the Livestock Sanitary Commission and the State Brand Commission. The DAH is divided into three programs: disease control, animal facilities inspection and brands. The Division of Animal Health works with two Boards, a nine member Animal Health Board and a ten member Pet Animal Advisory Board. The DAH joined the Kansas Department of Agriculture in 2011.

To ensure the public health, safety and welfare of Kansas' citizens through prevention, control and eradication of infectious and contagious disease 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 and to inform the public of the status of the health of livestock in the state to promote understanding and gain public assistance in achieving this mission.

Animal Disease Control and Traceability

As part of an agency goal to eradicate infectious and contagious livestock diseases throughout the state, Kansas continues to be Brucellosis, Tuberculosis and Pseudorabies free. State veterinarians are responsible for testing programs, epidemiology of disease outbreaks and technical support for the administration. Livestock inspectors inspect feedlots, livestock markets and disposal plants; conduct disease tracebacks; and assist in testing programs. Office staff gathers and maintains records on calfhood vaccinations, herd records, test results, import and export requirements. Additional duties include collecting license fees and maintaining records on all licensed facilities.

Animal Disease Control and Traceability

Brand Program

Brands are markings used to identify livestock. The brand division maintains approximately 18,000 brands in the registry and assists with the market brand inspection program, which is performed by contract. One special investigator assists local law enforcement with lost, stray and stolen livestock. They coordinate investigations between agencies and victims.

Brand Program

Animal Facilities Inspection

The Animal Facilities Inspection Program regulates companion animal facilities required to be licensed under the provisions of the Kansas Pet Animal Act. The Act requires licensing and inspection of all dog and cat breeders who produce, offer or sell three or more litters during the state fiscal year, pounds and shelters, pet shops, research facilities, distributors, out-of-state distributors, boarding facilities, animal rescues and foster homes. Office staff maintains licenses, health papers and correspondence pertaining to the program. Field inspectors inspect licensed facilities and investigate complaints.

Animal Facilities Inspection