The goal of Animal Health, a unit of the Division of Animal and Plant Health, is to prevent the introduction and spread of contagious diseases among poultry and livestock, promote public health and food safety as it relates to zoonotic disease, to enhance the quality and health of livestock, and to maintain fair practices in the buying and selling of poultry and livestock.
Our objective is disease control through regulation and education. We ensure the health of animals to ensure the public health. We provide technical assistance and law enforcement to control livestock and poultry diseases. Enforcement of permit regulations, prompt diagnosis of disease, surveillance testing programs, a reportable disease list, the accreditation of veterinarians, licensed livestock and poultry dealers and auction sales are key activities. The movement of livestock and pets entering Maine is regulated.
Animal Health Resources
- Video: Is giving adopted pets as presents a good idea? (NECN.com)
- Healthy Pets, Happy Owners - Tips for adopting a new pet
- Safe and Smart Pet Adoption Interview on WNSX at 97.7 - Radio Audio Clip (MP3)
- Manual of Best Management Practices for Maine Agriculture (PDF, 749KB)
- Rabies Management Guide (PDF, 1.4MB)
- Scrapie Intrastate Movement Final Rule (RTF)
- Download a copy of the latest Animal Rabies Quarterly Update (RTF) report from the Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention (Maine CDC) (Formerly Bureau of Health).