Dr. Susan Keller, State Veterinarian
Dr. Beth Carlson, Deputy State Veterinarian
Office Number: (701) 328-2655
Toll-Free number: 1-800-242-7535
Fax Number: (701) 328-4567
The North Dakota Livestock Sanitary Board was created in 1907 as an independent agency. In 1989, the Livestock Sanitary Board became the North Dakota State Board of Animal Health and in 1995, the Board’s staff became part of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture. Currently, the Board’s staff makes up the Animal Health Division of the Department. The staff includes the State Veterinarian, Deputy State Veterinarian, Assistant State Veterinarian, Administrative Assistant, two Office Assistants, and a Livestock Field Investigator. The Board also has a temporary Avian Influenza Coordinator.
The State Board of Animal Health consists of nine members representing the various sectors of the livestock industry who are appointed by the governor for terms of seven years. Members may serve up to two terms. The statutory purpose of the Board is to protect the health of the domestic animals and nontraditional livestock of North Dakota. The Board may take necessary action to control, suppress, and eradicate any and all contagious and infectious diseases among any of the domestic animals and nontraditional livestock of the state. Most legal responsibility for animal health lies with the Board. The State Veterinarian is appointed by the Agriculture Commissioner with the consent of the Board. The State Veterinarian serves as the executive director of the Board and, therefore, must execute all orders and rules made by the board.
Owner-Shipper Statement (OSS) -Please call the State Veterinarian of the state of destination to determine when an OSS is requested to accompany a shipment.