Animal Industry State Veterinarian
Animal Industry Services is responsible for protecting Oklahoma livestock from disease and assisting producers in livestock productivity. They enforce restrictions on producers in an effort to ensure the health of Oklahoma’s animal industries and the public and administer all rules and orders of the State Board of Agriculture.
What animals require an import permit:
- Required for Swine, Bucking Bulls, Rodeo and Event Cattle, and Mexican Cattle
- If utilizing an electronic Certificate of Veterinarian Inspection (eCVI), an import permit is not required for these species as long as the requirements have been met and are listed on the certificate
Required for Farmed Cervidae
- Cervidae imports are restricted from any county where Chronic Wasting Disease has been identified among free-ranging cervidae
- Cervidae Import Permit Application
How to get an import permit for swine, bucking bulls, rodeo and event cattle, and Mexican cattle:
For Intrastate change of ownership requirements, see link below.
Animal disease traceability or knowing where diseased and at-risk animals are, where they have been, and when is important to ensuring a rapid response when animal disease events take place. Although animal disease traceability does not prevent disease, an efficient and accurate traceability system reduces the number of animals and response time involved in a disease investigation, which ultimately reduces the economic impact on owners and affected communities.
- USDA APHIS VS Animal Disease Traceability
- General Requirements by Species
- Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Order Form
- Premises Identification Number Registration
- Electronic Official Identification Tags for cattle
- In cooperation with the USDA, low-frequency radiofrequency identification (RFID) ear tags are available for no cost to producers and accredited veterinarians. These tags are for use in cattle and bison only. A premises identification number is required to order tags.
- RFID Tag Order Form
- Electronic Certificate of Veterinary Inspection Options
- Official ID of Sheep and Goats
Foreign Animal Diseases are serious diseases and pests that do not currently exist in the United States. If introduced here, they pose a severe threat to the health of the herds and flocks in the U.S., be economically devastating, and could have a detrimental effect on human health. All reportable diseases must be reported immediately to the State Veterinarian’s Office upon suspicion of clinical disease.
Biological Risk Management is a term used to describe the overall process of evaluating a veterinary clinic, farm or an animal housing facility based on the risk of infectious disease entry and spread. Biosecurity is a set of everyday methods, practices, and protocols that will prevent or reduce the introduction of diseases or pest to a herd or flock of animals
- Special Sale and Exhibition Permits
- Feral Swine
- Feral swine are an invasive species that are present throughout the majority of the state. They cause extensive damage and disease threats to public property, native ecosystems, livestock health, and human health.
- Feral Swine Control Act
- National Poultry Improvement Plan
- Bovine Tuberculosis is a disease that is spread by direct contact and can be passed in raw milk. Private practitioners test certain classes of cattle for change of ownership and report suspicious cases to AIS for confirmation.
- Johne’s Disease
- Domestic Swine
- Biological Products
- All biological products, including antigens, used to immunize, test, or treat livestock or any other species of animals require approval prior to distribution, sale, and possession within the State of Oklahoma
- Farmed Cervidae
- Farmed Cervidae are cervidae species raised in captivity for supplying the commercial hunting industry as well as a source of venison for the food supply.
- All cervidae imported into the state of Oklahoma must meet certain criteria before approval for movement. Imports are restricted from any county where Chronic Wasting Disease has been identified among free-ranging cervidae
- Facility Licensing
- Chronic Wasting Disease Herd Certification Program (CWD HCP)
- The CWD HCP is a voluntary surveillance program designed to verify that a cervidae herd is low risk for CWD. Herds that complete five years of the program with no evidence of CWD are designated as “certified” and are allowed to transport cervidae species interstate.
- Tuberculosis Herd Accreditation and Brucellosis Herd Certification Program
- The tuberculosis herd accreditation and brucellosis herd certification programs ensure the disease-free status of the herds by performing regular testing of the herd every three years. To establish herd status, two whole herd tests must be completed nine to fifteen months apart on all animals over one year of age. These statuses not only help protect a herd from their respective diseases but also add value to the herd and simplify interstate transportation. For more information on these programs, please contact (405) 522-6124
- Exotic Cervidae Species
- An exotic cervidae is any cervidae species other than whitetail deer, mule deer, elk, and red deer. These species must meet certain criteria before approval for movement into the state. Any person owning, maintaining, or possessing any exotic cervidae species shall submit a registration form. Facility licensing is not required for these species.
- Dr. Rod Hall; State Veterinarian, (405) 522-0270
- Dr. Alicia Gorczyca-Southerland; Assistant State Veterinarian, (405) 522-6136
- Dr. Gary Stone; Field Veterinarian, (405) 258-8048
- Dr. Beth Ruby; Staff Veterinarian, (405) 394-5380
- Heather Schmidt; Administrative Programs Officer, (405) 522-6133
- Josh DeBaud; Animal Disease Traceability, Cattle Brucellosis, Cattle TB, Trichomoniasis, Aquaculture, and Biologics, (405) 522-6128
- Nichole Carrillo; Swine, Feral Swine, Animal Disease Traceability, Farmed Cervidae, CWD, Cervidae TB and Brucellosis, (405) 522-6124
- Sherrie Davis; Poultry, Equine, (405) 522-6139
- Rhonda Keener; Animal Disease Traceability, Import/Export, Health Certificates, Data Import, (405) 522-6141