State Veterinarian's Office
What We Do
The State Veterinarian's Office (SVO) protects the livestock, poultry, and aquaculture industries directly, and the public indirectly, through the prevention, early detection, containment, and eradication of economically important livestock, poultry, and fish diseases that, in many cases, are transmissible to people. In addition, welfare of farm animals is ensured by assisting the Livestock Inspection Program in the investigation and prosecution of cases of cruelty to animals.
This Office watches over four areas:
- Regulation of the importation of animals
- Control and eradication of livestock diseases
- Regulation of fish farming, transportation and processing
- Emergency response
Leptospirosis is a flu-like illness caused by a bacteria. Cattle, horses, pigs, sheep and goats are all at risk for contracting Leptospirosis. When it comes to pets, dogs are more susceptible to the germ than cats. There are vaccines available. People can catch Leptospirosis from animals and need to take special precautions with a sick dog.
Your health depends on what you do, where you live and what you eat. The same is true for all animals, domestic and livestock. Everything we do impacts the environment and the environment affects us all.
That’s One Health — professionals working together to understand and improve interactions between animals, people and the environment to support health and prevent disease. One Health brings together veterinarians, medical doctors, wildlife biologists and environmentalists with the a united goal — realizing how the health continuum works.
Preparing for outbreaks such as foot and mouth disease will protect our food supply. A plan to ensure a Secure Beef Supply is being developed. Learn what’s happened and how you can voice your thoughts as the plan develops.