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Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian


Office of State Veterinarian

  • Protect the health and welfare of Kentucky's livestock, poultry and agricultural industries
  • Promote an environment that enhances the economic and recreational opportunities and prosperity of Kentucky agriculture



NEW Animal Movement tab

Please refer to the Animal Movement tab above for Health Regulations for all importing animals, including those entering Kentucky for the North American International Livestock Expo (NAILE).


Vesicular Stomatitis (2014/2015)

Updated 3/13/15 - USDA reports there are currently no VSV-positive premises under quarantine in the United States.  On March 13, 2015, the last confirmed VSV-positive premises in Arizona had been released from quarantine.


Click here for USDA's Most Recent VS Update


Contact the USDA

The USDA Import Number (Animals coming into Kentucky from another country) is 301-851-3300.  The email address is:

  • For information on exporting animals out of the country contact USDA Veterinary Services
    at 502-848-2040.
  • The Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP)

    The VMLRP will pay up to $25,000 each year towards qualified educational loans of eligible veterinarians who agree to serve in a NIFA designated veterinarian shortage situations for a period of three years.

    The Kentucky Department of Agriculture's Office of the State Veterinarian is requested in the early part of each year to make the shortage area nominations for the State and to designate the type of shortage (Type I, Type II or Type III) for each area. These nominations are reviewed by the NIFA program and all or a portion of the areas will be approved and posted on the NIFA site listed above. Once the areas are designated veterinarians make application directly to NIFA to fill one of the designated areas. There are specific deadlines for applications that are listed on the NIFA site each year.

Office of State Veterinarian

Directions to the Office

Office of State Veterinarian
109 Corporate Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-573-0282, Option 3
Fax: 502-573-1020

    Additional Contacts:

  • KDA State Veterinarian: 502-573-0282
  • KDA State Veterinarian Fax: 502-573-1020