KDA Pet Animal Advisory Board Virtual Meeting March 8

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Advisory Board will hold its regular quarterly board meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2023.

The Kansas Department of Agriculture’s Pet Animal Advisory Board will hold its regular quarterly board meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 8, 2023. This is a regular quarterly board meeting and will be held on Zoom.

The meeting is open to the public. To get a copy of the agenda or information on how to access the link to the meeting, go to agriculture.ks.gov/AnimalHealthOutreach. If you have questions about the meeting, please contact Sasha Thomason, director of the animal facilities inspection program, at Sasha.Thomason@ks.gov or call the Division of Animal Health at 785-564-6601.

Persons who require special accommodations must make their needs known at least 24 hours prior to the meeting. 

Division of Animal Health

AVIAN INFLUENZA: Find the latest updates and recommendations related to highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI): agriculture.ks.gov/AvianInfluenza for information on HPAI detections in livestock: Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) Detections in Livestock

NOTICE: A Commissioners Order has been issued for interstate and intrastate Dairy Cattle movements.

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Animal Health Workshops

The Kansas Department of Agriculture's Division of Animal Health is hosting multiple informational discussions around the state: May 30 in Manhattan, June 11 in El Dorado, June 12 in Fort Scott, June 18 in Hutchinson, June 26 in Scott City, June 27 in Dodge City, July 10 in Colby, and July 11 in Hays.

Each location will have two sessions. Please register for the location and session you'd like to attend. This is a free event and dinner will be served.

Session 1 - Emergency Management/ County Officials
1:00 - 4:00pm
Discussion Topics 
  • Role of the county in a disease response
  • Livestock truck rollovers
  • Disposal
  • Sheltering
Registration: CLICK HERE FOR AFTERNOON SESSION or call 785-564-6608.

Networking Dinner served at 5:00pm

Session 2 - Producers/ Veterinarians

6:00 - 8:00pm
Discussion Topics
  • Animal health updates
  • Secure Food Supply 
  • Animal Disease Traceability updates
  • Disease response plans
Registration: CLICK HERE FOR EVENING SESSION or call 785-564-6608.


Feral Swine Management Practices

The Kansas Department of Agriculture hosted an informational webinar on December 1, 2020 at to offer an update on the management practices used in Kansas to control feral swine.

Watch the webinar here: Feral Swine Information Webinar
Slide Deck presentations available here:
Curran Salter, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service-Wildlife Services
Frank Rottinghaus, National Wildlife Disease Program

Equine Disposal Guidance Document

This document highlights the options for equine carcass disposal, including composting, landfill, burial, cremation, and biocremation. This guidance document was created through a collaboration between KDA, the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, the Kansas Horse Council, and the KSU College of Veterinary Medicine.

Click here to view the Equine Disposal Guidance document.

Chronic Wasting Disease Sample Collection Videos

Hunters can help ensure the safety of the meat they harvest and prevent the spread of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in deer by collecting samples from field-harvested deer and sending these samples to be tested for the disease. The Kansas State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory has created two videos explaining how to remove the brain stem and lymph nodes for CWD testing.

Hunters: click here to view a basic video on sample collection

Veterinarians: click here to view a detailed video on sample collection

Animal Health in the News

News Releases

The most recent news releases pertaining to Division of Animal Health are located along the left side of this page. For additional Kansas Department of Agriculture news releases, click here.

Newsletters

  • Spring 2023 - PDF
  • Summer 2022 - PDF
  • Winter/Spring 2022 - PDF
  • Fall 2021 - PDF
  • Summer 2021 - PDF

Interested in receiving updates directly from the Division of Animal Health? To subscribe, click here.

Annual Reports

The Division of Animal Health provides an annual report on Kansas Livestock Markets. Click on the link below to view the most recent report:

2023 Annual Livestock Market Report

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.