Animal Health

The goal of Animal Health, a unit of the Division of Animal and Plant Health, is to prevent the introduction and spread of contagious diseases among poultry and livestock, promote public health and food safety as it relates to zoonotic disease, to enhance the quality and health of livestock, and to maintain fair practices in the buying and selling of poultry and livestock.

Our objective is disease control through regulation and education. We ensure the health of animals to ensure the public health. We provide technical assistance and law enforcement to control livestock and poultry diseases. Enforcement of permit regulations, prompt diagnosis of disease, surveillance testing programs, a reportable disease list, the accreditation of veterinarians, licensed livestock and poultry dealers and auction sales are key activities. The movement of livestock and pets entering Maine is regulated.

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Animal Health Resources

Import Information



Maine Backyard Poultry

6/1/2020: NPIP Subpart E flock testing is available for 2020. Please contact a DACF certified poultry tester to arrange flock certification testing. All biosecurity and public health safety measures must be implemented during flock testing. Please contact the poultry program manger for assistance if needed.Black Bantam. Photo by Sara Dilegge.

Avian Influenza and Resources

Cervid Program

June 2020: commercial hunt activities at licensed CLGSAs should be conducted in accordance with current COVID 19 prevention guidance for agricultural producers. General and industry specific checklists can be found on the Maine Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD) website. Important considerations include adhering to sanitation and distancing recommendations, limitations on the size of groups gatherings, travel quarantines and regionally specific hospitality restrictions. Owners/operators of CLGSA facilities should continue to provide care and management of resident livestock within the park while adhering to all necessary requirements to protect human public health.


For Cervid Producers

Rabies Resources

Contact the Animal Health Staff

Contact Name / Topic Area Email Phone
Michele Walsh, State Veterinarian 207-287-7615
Carolyn Hurwitz, Asst. State Veterinarian 207-592-6698
Rachael Fiske, Asst. State Veterinarian 207-592-3608
Donna Flint, Poultry Health Technician 207-557-4623
Mark Hedrich, Nutrient Management Program 207-287-7608
Matt Randall, Ag. Compliance Program 207-557-0252
Carol Delaney, Livestock Specialist


General Questions, Animal Health   207-287-3701
For Importation Permits   207-287-3701
Animal Welfare Questions or Concerns   207-287-3846