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Animal Health and Emergency Services

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A primary goal of the Division of Animal and Food Industry Services is providing support to Virginia's animal agriculture industry. By administering laws and regulations that apply to health requirements for livestock and poultry, we strive to prevent and control the spread of disease through commerce - both in and out of state.

Our veterinarians and field inspectors also work with local officials in the investigations of animal cruelty cases and provide livestock, poultry and companion animal owners with advice and instructions on the proper care and handling of their animals.

Our laboratory system offers clients a wide range of testing services to diagnose livestock and poultry disease and consequently aid in their prevention and control.

The Division of Animal and Food Industry Services is composed of the administrative Office of the State Veterinarian and specialized programs in Laboratory Services and Veterinary Services, as well as other regulatory programs for food safety.

The Division provides support to Virginia agriculture including regulatory and diagnostic testing, training for veterinary accreditation, and informing the public of requirements for the import and export of livestock and poultry.

In addition, the Division's Animal Welfare Program provides advisory assistance and information on up-to-date methods for humane care and handling of animals.


Animal Disease Information
Animal Welfare
Virginia Animal Identification Program
Animal Admissions Requirements
Disease Reporting
Programs and Services:

Dangerous Dog Registry
Equine Interstate Event Permit
How to Register your Cattle Brand
Laboratory Services
Live Bird Marketing System
National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP)
Pet Sheltering in an Emergency Evacuation
Veterinary Services

FAQs and Important Links:

American Veterinary medical Association
Questions & Answers

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