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Animal Bytes

September 2017

World Rabies Day this Thursday

World Rabies Day 2017 logo

Awareness can help end this preventable disease

The Board has documented 24 cases of rabies virus this year in several species around Minnesota. Although we average dozens of cases annually, the presence of this disease has declined over the decades thanks to awareness and prevention measures, like vaccination. However, there is always more we can do to defend domestic animals from this disease. Join our efforts on World Rabies Day 2017 and spread the word about this virus and the educational resources we have available.

You'll find our new rabies brochure, a FAQ guide, infographic, and event calendar on our official World Rabies Day webpage. Also, don't forget to post to social media with the hashtag #WorldRabiesDay on Thursday, September 28!

Follow this link to our special World Rabies Day 2017 webpage!

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University of Minnesota's BEET trailer available to educate

The Biosecure Entry Education Trailer (BEET) and training was developed by poultry and swine extension faculty and educators to teach the industry and public about biosecurity. You might've spotted it as the Minnesota State Fair this year!

If you are involved in animal agriculture, book the BEET for an event. It can help managers develop, assess and practice biosecurity protocols for their poultry/swine barns, and farmers and employees can practice protocols and technique in a safe location.

If you are interested in hosting a BEET education and training session for your operation, please contact either:

Abby Neu, Extension Educator - Poultry, 320-235-0726 x2019

Sarah Schieck, Extension Educator - Swine, 320-235-0726 x2004

Interior of Biosecure Entry Education Trailer
Interior of Biosecure Entry Education Trailer

Farmed Cervidae Handbook

The Board recently published a new Farmed Cervidae Handbook to help producers and the public understand the rules and regulations of the program. It comes in a clean and simple layout with a glossary and plain language throughout. Producers and veterinary professionals are encouraged to request copies of the brochure or download and share it via this link: Click this link to read the handbook.

Please call or email us if you have questions about the farmed cervidae regulations in Minnesota. The program email is and our main phone line is 651-296-2942.

Updated protocols for CWD testing

There are some new procedures for farmed cervid producers submitting samples to the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory for chronic wasting disease testing:

  1. If you complete and submit the updated submission form, you don't need to submit another form to report the death of the animal. The updated CWD submission form provides us with those details and we receive it when the CWD test results are completed.
  2. You need to send in all identification tags for the animal along with tissue attached to the tags from the ear. The tags should be bagged separately from the formalin fixed tissue and kept chilled or frozen when submitting samples to the lab.
  3. All farmed cervid herds with a Level 6 Certified status must now submit both obex and lymph node samples for testing. It is a good idea to always submit both samples as they increase successful testing.
  4. Test results of "Location, Unsuitable or Unacceptable" are not successful CWD test results and do not count toward your herd surveillance. Please check with your area animal health contact to review sample collection procedures to improve your rate of collecting samples that will give you successful test results.
  5. Please call the Board at 651-296-2942 if you have any questions about this information.

New online kennel form

Rules and regulations can be tricky to decipher. Take our Kennel Program for example, there are quite a few statutes and several exceptions. Therefore, we developed an online survey to simplify the questions surrounding registration and licensing. You can follow this link to see if you qualify for a Minnesota kennel license.

Fill out the four quick "Yes or No" questions and you'll get an instant response! If you have a unique situation or more specific questions about the program, don't hesitate to email us at

Nominate a veterinary shortage situation

Each year, the USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) identifies locations where veterinarians are needed to serve America's rural communities. NIFA seeks nominations from the public and then takes applications from veterinarians to serve in the nominated areas in return for partial repayment of student loans.

Veterinarians are critical to our nation's food safety, food security, and health and well-being of animals and humans. Current veterinary school graduates accumulate an average of $135,000 in student loan debt.

Studies indicate there are significant shortages of food animal veterinarians in certain areas of the nation and in high-priority specialty sectors, which require advanced training, like food safety, epidemiology, diagnostic medicine, and public health.

Full details about the program and the nomination process are available on the NIFA website*NOMINATIONS ARE DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 20,2017.

NIFA will post the designated veterinary shortage situations in January 2018 and open the application period in February 2018.