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.


Due to the recent cases of Vesicular Stomatitis Virus, the following statement must be added to a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection (CVI) for all equines, bovines, ovines, caprines, swine and camelids being imported to Maine that originate in Texas, New Mexico or Colorado: The animals on this Certificate of Veterinary Inspection have not originated from a premises under quarantine for Vesicular Stomatitis or a premises on which Vesicular Stomatitis has been diagnosed in the last 30 days; and the animals in this shipment have no signs of Vesicular Stomatitis.

Animal Health Resources

Dog/Cat Import Information

Maine Backyard Poultry

9/3/2019 - Due to a national shortage of testing antigen, there will be no NPIP flock re-certification testing this year. Eligible Maine flocks have received a letter of extension for their NPIP membership. Any poultry owners who wish to have their birds tested for a first-time flock certification are encouraged to call the Poultry Program Manager (207-592-6698) for more information about conducting NPIP testing through an approved laboratory.

Black Bantam. Photo by Sara Dilegge.

Cervids Program


For Cervid Producers

HPAI Updates & Resources

Rabies Resources

Contact the Animal Health Staff

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