Animal Health

Flocks, backyard flocks and avian influenza current risk is at a high level.

HPAI Risk Assessment for Maine Flocks

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.

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Import Information



Maine Backyard Poultry

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Avian Influenza and Resources

HPAI Updates

LPAI Updates

Avian Influenza 101

Maine's Preparedness for HPAI

Biosecurity Resources - Don't Accidentally Bring A Disease Into Your Flock

Commercial Producer Resources (What you need to know to keep your products moving if HPAI hits Maine)

Cervid Program


For Cervid Producers

Rabies Resources

Contact the Animal Health Staff

Contact Name / Topic Area Email Phone
Michele Walsh, State Veterinarian 207-287-7615
Carolyn Hurwitz, Asst. State Veterinarian 207-592-6698
Rachael Fiske, Asst. State Veterinarian 207-592-3608
Donna Flint, Poultry Health Technician 207-557-4623
Mark Hedrich, Nutrient Management Program 207-287-7608
Matt Randall, Ag. Compliance Program 207-557-0252
Carol Delaney, Livestock Specialist


General Questions, Animal Health   207-287-3701
For Importation Permits   207-287-3701
Animal Welfare Questions or Concerns   207-287-3846