Board of Animal Health to Hold Virtual Meeting March 2

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Board of Animal Health will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Board of Animal Health will meet at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 2. This is a regular quarterly board meeting and will be held via internet meeting services.

The meeting is open to the public. To request a copy of the agenda or information on how to access the link to the meeting, please contact Justin Smith, animal health commissioner, at 785-564-6613 or Justin.Smith@ks.gov.

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

 

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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 - Animal Disease Control, Animal Facilities Inspection, Brands Program - 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, Kansas.