As county fair season gets underway around the state, fair managers are recruiting veterinarians to inspect exhibited animals, and verify they are free from infectious, contagious or communicable disease. All public exhibitions must have an official veterinarian present when showing animals for which a permit is required. To determine if a permit is required for an exhibition, you can visit the Board’s website at this link or contact us at 651-201-6826.

Official veterinarians can prepare by reviewing official identification and testing requirements and updates on domestic and foreign animal diseases. Official veterinarians must be licensed and accredited (Category I or II) in the State of Minnesota. The official veterinarian of an exhibition shall:

  • Approve the cleaning and disinfection of the exhibition prior to the exhibition and during the exhibition if livestock are released and new livestock are brought to the exhibition premises.
  • Inspect all livestock on the day admitted to the exhibition.
  • Refuse admission of livestock showing signs of any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease, or of livestock not meeting the exhibition entrance requirements.
  • Maintain ear tagging records to include: the characters on or contained within the ear tag; characters on or contained within other official ear tags on the animal; species, sex, age, and type of animal; date of application; and name of address of the premises where the animal was identified.
  • Inspect all livestock at least once daily during the exhibition.
  • Order the immediate removal to the quarantine facility or removal from the exhibition premises of any livestock with clinical signs of infectious, contagious, or communicable disease.
  • Conduct any necessary tests.
  • Submit to the Board a list of any animals that were quarantined or removed from the exhibition because of infectious, contagious, or communicable disease.