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.
- 3/16/2018 - Radio Show "Animal Chat with Dr. Matt" - DACF's Poullty Health Technician Donna Flint gives advice on poulty contact safety and interstate livestock movement.
- 2/16/18 - Radio Show "Animal Chat with Dr. Matt" - Discussed the collaboration between practicing veterinarians and State Animal Health Officials to prevent infectious disease from entering and spreading within Maine and to other states if a Reportable Animal Disease is found. Also discussed were animal welfare issues and the responsibility of animal ownership.
- 9/26/17 - Radio Show "Animal Chat with Dr. Matt"- A dicussion with State Veterinarian Michele Walsh about how the recent warm weather affects animals, the role of the State Veterinarian in protecting Maine's animals, and more!
- 4/19/17 - Horse Owners: Now is the time to vaccinate your horses
- 9/28/16 - 10th Anniversary of World Rabies Day
- 7/21/16 - State officials remind families to use good hygiene practices when attending agricultural fairs and events
- NPIP Independent Testers (PDF 8KB)
- Land-Based Aquaculture
- Statutes and Rules
- Livestock Importation
- Reportable Diseases
- Livestock Production and Market Development Assistance
- SMART: State of Maine Animal Resources Team
- Manual of Best Management Practices for Maine Agriculture (PDF 749KB)
- Game Bird Import Information (PDF 2.46MB)
- HPAI Updates
- Avian Influenza 101
- Maine's Preparedness for HPAI
- Bird Flu and ME - AI Surviellance in Maine (PDF 4.11MB)
- Wild Bird Surveillance - Avian Influenza (PDF 2.21MB)
- Public Health Emergency Preparedness (PDF 2.35MB)
- Biosecurity Resources - Don't Accidentally Bring A Disease Into Your Flock
- USDA Biosecurity Tips (PDF 746KB)
- Creating a Line of Separation on Your Farm (PDF 159KB)
- 6 Steps to Biosecurity for Backyard Flocks (PDF 197KB)
- Commercial Producer Resources (What you need to know to keep your products moving if HPAI hits Maine)
- Maine CDC Animal Rabies Quarterly Report
- Rabies Management Guide 2017 (PDF 1.32MB)
- Evaluation of Animal Bites & Other Rabies Exposures (PDF 216KB)
Contact the Animal Health Staff
|Michele Walsh, State Veterinarianemail@example.com||207-287-7615|
|Cindy Kilgore, Livestock Specialistfirstname.lastname@example.org||207-215-4968|
|Justin Bergeron, Asst. State Veterinarian||Justin.email@example.com||207-592-6698|
|Donna Flint, Poultry Health Technicianfirstname.lastname@example.org||207-557-4623|
|For Importation Permits||207-287-3701|
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