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Working to ensure animal and public health in New York State.
Protecting Animal Health in New York State

The Department’s Division of Animal Industry is responsible for ensuring animal and public health through control and eradication of infectious and contagious diseases in New York State livestock and poultry and implementation of pre-harvest food safety measures at the farm level. The Department has staff in Albany and inspectors and veterinarians located across the state who administer animal disease programs and conduct surveillance for animal diseases of significance to agriculture.

Swine Producers
Participate in the Swine Small Enterprise Study

From May 2021 through July 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Animal Health Monitoring System will conduct its third national study of U.S. small enterprise swine operations.

The study will take an in-depth look at small enterprise swine operations (fewer than 1,000 pigs) and provide new information regarding animal health and management practices used on these operations.

In May 2021, selected producers will be mailed a letter describing the study and be provided with a questionnaire to be completed and returned either by mail or web. 


The Department oversees the proper requirements for livestock, poultry, and companion animals being imported or exported from the state.

Requirements vary for the type of animal; however, owners generally need to supply a Certificate of Veterinary Inspection and proof of identification.

Owners must also meet testing requirements for disease before they can move their animals.

Disease Surveillance
Find Animal Industry Field Staff

The Department's veterinarians and inspectors administer animal disease programs and conduct surveillance for animal diseases of significance to agriculture.

Report a Disease

It is critically important to report animal disease as soon as possible. Diseases must be reported when the disease is recognized but the specific disease or agent is unknown, or when a specific reportable disease has been identified. 


Fair Information

New York is home to more than 50 county and youth fairs that operate from July through early October.

The Department sets health requirements for animals at county fairs and the New York State Fair. The requirements for 2020 are posted now.

Guidance For Municipalities
Municipalities are responsible for appointing dog control officers, establishing dog shelters or pounds, licensing dogs, and responding to complaints regarding noise, sanitation, and animal cruelty.