Roles and Responsibilities of State Veterinarians

Agricultural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery October 08, 2012 Print Friendly and PDF

State Veterinarians are responsible for protecting animal health and well-being in the states they serve. They are usually employed by the state's department of agriculture. Their responsibilities include enforcement of regulations pertaining to animal import permits and animal welfare. Ensuring the safety of meat and poultry intended for human consumption may be the responsibility of state or public health veterinarians. Public health veterinarians typically work in state health departments. Their responsibilities include the control and prevention of zoonotic diseases that can affect both people and animals, such as rabies. State and public health veterinarians receive reports of diseases of animals and humans that are required by law to be reported.



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This work is supported by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture, New Technologies for Ag Extension project.