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Animal Bytes

May 2022

Board seeking applications for Executive Director/State Veterinarian

Now Hiring

The Board of Animal Health has an opening to be the top dog on our team, the executive director/state veterinarian.

View the full posting and apply online at www.mn.gov/careers. Once on the site, select whether you're an internal (current state employee) or external candidate and then search for the job by ID: 55565. The position will remain open until Tuesday, June 21, 2022.

Job Summary

This position is responsible for the overall management of the Board of Animal Health and reports to a six-member citizen Board. This position represents Minnesota as the State Veterinarian and is a liaison with Minnesota citizens, animal owners, veterinarians, organizations that represent the livestock/poultry industry, other state agencies, the Governor's office, the Legislature, and the University of Minnesota. This position also represents the State of Minnesota regarding animal health issues when dealing with other states.


The State of Minnesota offers a comprehensive benefits package including low cost medical and dental insurance, employer paid life insurance, short and long term disability, pre-tax flexible spending accounts, retirement plan, tax-deferred compensation, generous vacation and sick leave, and 11 paid holidays each year.


If you have questions about the position, contact Kara Schmidt at kara.l.schmidt@state.mn.us or 651/201-6822.

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Poultry event and exhibition ban will be extended

The temporary highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) ban on poultry events and exhibitions currently in place until June 1, 2022 will be extended. Additional details on the extension timeline will be announced later this week via a Board of Animal Health press release.

Bird Flu Basics

The Board teamed up with University of Minnesota Extension's Poultry program to develop social media graphics to bring awareness to the basics of bird flu. Visit either the U of M Poultry Facebook page, or the Board of Animal Health Facebook page to see and share these six great graphics. They're also posted in Spanish, Somali, Hmong and Karen.

Bird Flu Basics Cards

Fair season is coming soon. Do you have a biosecurity plan?

Showing livestock at the county fair is a seasonal tradition across the country. It involves a lot of care and preparation to get livestock to the fair and it doesn't end once they get to the show.

When so many exhibitors come together under one barn roof it's always a good idea to follow biosecurity basics. The Board developed a checklist to make it easy for exhibitors to stick to the best biosecurity practices to protect the people and animals at the fair. Review our biosecurity recommendations for exhibitors checklist.

Tips and tricks to identify ticks

Ticks are potential vectors for disease and veterinarians primarily focus on preventative measures people can take to protect their pets. However, the occasional client may visit a clinic and carry in a new type of tick that's not so easy to identify.

The Board teamed up with the vectorborne disease group at the Minnesota Department of Health, entomologists at the University of Minnesota, and other experts in the field to develop resources for clinics observing ticks that aren't as common as to Minnesota as the American Dog Tick.

One of the most requested resources is the "Unwanted" poster showing different ticks, how to identify them and how to report them in Minnesota. The "Unwanted" ticks poster is available for download for veterinarians and clinics.

Board meeting recordings

Did you know the Board posts video recordings of its quarterly meetings on YouTube? Check out the YouTube playlist to review past Board of Animal Health meetings.