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Animal Bytes

June 2017

Coming soon:  electronic options for veterinarians

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Electronic Certificates of Veterinary Inspection (eCVIs)

What are eCVIs? A digital form of the paper CVI that is filled out on your computer, smartphone or tablet. It is then digitally signed and emailed to us to process.

Why eCVIs? They reduce errors, improve efficiency, reduce costs for both veterinarians and states, and improve the Animal Disease Traceability Program. Currently, the Board provides support for two free eCVI options for Minnesota veterinarians: MN eCVI and mCVI.

Interested in the electronic forms? Veterinarians who want to try the MN eCVI are encouraged to contact, or download the mCVI mobile app.
Apple users click here.

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Android users click here.

Other eCVI options we accept include:

Are eCVIs used anywhere else? Other states have eCVIs tailored to their state's codes and requirements.

What's next? We are developing a webpage to host information on available eCVIs. It will include tutorial videos, documentation, User Agreement Forms, and FAQ’s.

Please contact Michael Herrmann by email or phone if you have any questions. His email is and his phone is 651-201-6819.

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Classical scrapie cases decline

The National Scrapie Eradication Program recently released its April 2017 monthly report. Read the report here. The program marked a milestone by surpassing more than a year without a single case of classical scrapie. More than 22,000 sheep and goats were sampled for scrapie in fiscal year 2017.

Click this link to learn about the scrapie eradication program.

Veterinary Diagnostic Lab releases 2016 annual report

The University of Minnesota's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is the state's only full service accredited animal health diagnostic facility and the official lab for the Board of Animal Health. This 16 page report is full of detailed stats and annual achievements. A notable event last year was the hiring of Dr. Jerry Torrison as the VDL's director. He previously held positions at the lab and earned his DVM and PhD degrees at the University of Minnesota.

Other highlights include the expansion of the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in Willmar, Minnesota. The VDL also achieved Level 1 status in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network. This network consists of federal, state and university laboratories dedicated to disease surveillance and outbreak response in agricultural animals.

Read the 2016 annual report here.

Dr. Paul Anderson

Dr. Paul Anderson retires

Dr. Anderson earned his DVM degree from Iowa State University in 1975, then spent 11 years in private practice. In 1988, he earned a Master’s degree in epidemiology and public health from the University of Minnesota.

He started at the Board in 1990, and oversaw programs for horses, farmed deer and elk, and dogs and cats. His first day of retirement is Tuesday, June 13. We wish him the best!

Dr. Bob Morrison obituary

The Star Tribune published the obituary for Dr. Bob Morrison, you can read it here.

Visitation will be at Falcon Heights United Church of Christ on Thursday, July 6 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. and funeral services will be at Roseville Lutheran Church on Friday, July 7 at 7 p.m.

Did you miss the news about our new look?

The State of Minnesota switched to a new, unified, brand.  Follow this link to the full story and learn about the new look.