Animal Health Update: Issue 25

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Issue 25

New Resource for Michigan Veterinarians

NEW Accredited Handbook

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The Animal Industry Division (AID) in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Services in Michigan have created the Michigan Accredited Veterinarian Handbook, an informational guide for Accredited Veterinarians in Michigan.

The Michigan Accredited Veterinarian Handbook covers many important topics for Michigan veterinarians and their staff. It contains useful contacts, links to informative websites, how-to guides, and disease information. 

In Michigan, veterinarians must be accredited to offer their clients vital services like rabies vaccinations for dogs; certificates of veterinary inspection (health certificates); or official disease tests, such as equine infectious anemia (Coggins test) and TB testing of livestock.

To obtain, renew, or update your USDA Accreditation information, please contact Valencia Watts at 517-337-4701 or The next opportunity for accreditation training will take place on March 13.

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The NEW Michigan Accredited Veterinarian Handbook
can be found at


Rabies Vaccine Requirements

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In Michigan, dogs must be currently vaccinated against rabies by an accredited veterinarian to obtain an individual dog license, which is required by law.

The Animal Industry Division does have a policy that allows a Michigan accredited and licensed veterinarian to direct a Michigan licensed veterinary technician to vaccinate a dog, after it has been examined, if the veterinarian is close enough to observe and monitor the veterinary technician. Dogs vaccinated by a non-accredited veterinarian or otherwise not vaccinated in accordance with the policy are considered unvaccinated.

Additionally, the accredited veterinarian must issue and sign the rabies certificate; the local village, township, city, or county has jurisdiction over the licensing of dogs and the issuance of tags; and titers may not be used as an alternative to vaccinating.

Disease Update:

2018 Disease Summary

The Animal Industry Division kept busy in 2018 addressing diseases of concern. This past year, we saw a rise in rabies cases, a total of 77, up from 38 in 2017. Michigan continues to see high numbers of leptospirosis cases, especially in Southeastern Michigan. There was also a significant outbreak of canine influenza over the summer, resulting in 160 confirmed cases. 

Additionally, it was the first year that strangles was reportable for equine. A total of 22 cases were reported and while AID takes no regulatory action on strangles cases, it does communicate these cases to the industry and the Equine Disease Communications Center.

AID appreciates all of the veterinarians who reported diseases in 2018. Your assistance is the only way that we can protect the health of both Michigan's animal and human population. 

Additional 2018 Reporting Resources:

2018 Canine Disease Map

2018 Equine Disease Map

2018 Reportable Disease Report


Reportable Disease Category Definitions Updated

Reportable Disease List Updated

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The Michigan Reportable Animal Disease List has been updated and modified to help clarify how the State Veterinarian and AID respond to different diseases.

Most significantly, diseases like strangles in equine and leptospirosis in canine, have been moved to the "Monitored" category, because they are diseases where AID doesn't take regulatory action. The numbers collected when monitored disease are reported are tracked and primarily used for outreach to veterinarians and animal owners. 

Additionally, diseases that are on the list solely for international reporting have been moved to the end of the list into a new "Lab Report Only" section. These diseases do not require a Reporting a Reportable Animal Disease (RRAD) form. 

The most up-to-date Michigan Reportable Animal Disease List and the RRAD form can
always be found at

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