Department of Agriculture & Markets

 Division of Animal Industry
Dr. David Smith , Director, (518) 457-3502
The Division of Animal Industry promotes sustainable animal production agriculture and the safety of the animal origin food supply. These goals are accomplished through regulatory and cooperative educational efforts with various agencies, both public and private.
The Division seeks to detect, control and eradicate communicable diseases in food and fiber producing animals. These diseases cause severe livestock production and economic losses and often pose a significant threat to public health.
The administration of the Article 7, Dog licensing, identification and control law, Sections 113, 114, & 117 and inspections of animal care and records of municipal dog shelters and dog control officers is a responsibility of the Division.
Other Division duties include involvement in food residue violation follow-up, the inspection of the health of livestock exhibited at the New York State Fair and county fairs, blood testing pulling horses for the detection of performance enhancing drugs, and the accreditation and special training of New York State veterinarians who perform official program tests.

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Import/Export In New York State

Emergency Import Regulations:

Species: Any Hooved Animal
Effective: July 18, 2014 (Colorado), November 24, 2014 (Nebraska)
Exporting State: Colorado
Regulation: New York’s animal health regulations require that any hooved animal imported into New York from a state in which vesicular stomatitis has existed for the preceding 30 days must be accompanied by a health certificate (certificate of veterinary inspection) with the following statement certified by the examining veterinarian:
"All animals identified on this health certificate have been examined and found to be free from vesicular stomatitis and, to the best of my knowledge and belief, during the past 30 days these animals have not been exposed to said disease, nor held at a location within ten miles of any place in which said disease has been found to exist."
A copy of the certificate bearing this statement must be sent to the Division of Animal Industry prior to the shipment and at least 1 copy must accompany the shipment.

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