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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


Go To Kentucky EHV-1 Investigation 2017 For Updates and equine movement protocols



Kentucky Poultry Ban UPDATE - 2/11/2016

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) Office of the State Veterinarian (OSV) will relax the currently imposed restrictions on poultry movement on February 22, 2016.


Previously issued Commingled Sales Event permits will be valid for the issued timeframe. Organizers with previously issued permits will be allowed to conduct commingled sales events based on the original issue date.


The KDA OSV will continue to monitor the threat to Kentucky poultry from Avian Influenza and other diseases and amend the movement restrictions as necessary.


Please comply with the movement requirements implemented below.

1. Sale of poultry at licensed livestock markets may resume on February 22, 2016. All sales shall be in compliance with KRS 261 and 302 KAR 20:070.
2. Sale of poultry at unlicensed commingling sales venues such as swap meets and flea markets and sales at shows are allowed with the following requirements:
   a. An individual or business conducting unlicensed commingling poultry sales shall obtain a permit   from the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian no later than 30 days prior to the event. Permits shall be issued at no fee.
   b. The permittee shall be responsible to:

i. Maintain a registry of all participants in the commingling sales event. This registry must include (at a minimum) the name, address from which the animals were moved, and contact information of the participant (consignor).

ii. Maintain records of sales and barters of all animals sold or exchanged at the event. Records must include the name, address, and contact information of the consignor and consignee.

iii. Submit to the Office of the State Veterinarian a report of all participants and animal exchanges no later than 7 days after the event. The Poultry Record of Sales form will be provided by the Office of the State Veterinarian and is available on the KY OSV website at

   c. KDA personnel shall have access to the venue to conduct inspection of all animals for health and regulatory compliance.
3. Private sale with direct farm to farm movement within Kentucky is allowed in accordance with 302 KAR 20:065.
4. Entry of non-commercial/backyard (NC/BY) poultry into Kentucky for sale is restricted to NPIP Avian Influenza H5/H7 clean facilities only; entry from facilities within a HPAI control zone is banned.
5. Entry of Non Commercial/Backyard poultry from certified NPIP facilities within an HPAI infected state shall meet 302 KAR 20:250 requirements.
6. Entry of Non Commercial/Backyard poultry for private sale or movement shall be in compliance with 302 KAR 20:040.
7. Game bird/waterfowl permit applications shall originate from a NPIP facility that meets the requirements listed in 4 and 5 of this memo. Additionally, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources requires a transportation permit obtained from them.
8. Exhibition events, shows, and fairs will be open to out of state participants. Entry from out of state shall be in compliance with 302 KAR 20:040. All birds presented for exhibition shall be subject to inspection by Kentucky Department of Agriculture personnel.

Robert C. Stout, DVM
State Veterinarian/Executive Director


Vesicular Stomatitis (2015) - Updated 5/21/2015

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has no Vesicular stomatitis restrictions nor any additional testing requirements resulting from the diagnosis of vesicular stomatitis being diagnosed in other states.  Premises which are identified as affected will be placed under movement restrictions by the appropriate regulatory officials in the affected state.  We recognize those efforts as having been proven effective in helping to mitigate risk to our populations and industry.


States previously or currently having premises quarantined:


- Texas
On May 18, 2015, the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa confirmed a finding of VSV infection (New Jersey serotype) on an equine premises in Pecos County, Texas.  This is the 2015 index case of VSV for Texas.  Additional confirmed and suspect VSV premises have been identified in both Arizona and New Mexico in known affected counties. 


- Utah
As of May 14, 2015, all VSV-confirmed and suspect premises have been released from quarantine in Utah.

- New Mexico

On April 29, 2015, USDA issued advisory stating vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) infection has been confirmed in Grant County, New Mexico and that a second premises (Otero County, New Mexico) has a suspect case pending.


- Arizona and Utah
On May 4, 2015, USDA issued advisory stating vesicular stomatitis virus (VSV) infection had been confirmed in Maricopa County, Arizona and Kane County, Utah. 


click 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.