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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



The Kentucky Sale and Movement Ban of Poultry remains in place as a Proactive Response to the Avian Flu Outbreak

FRANKFORT, Ky. – State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout has enacted restrictions on bird sales and movement in Kentucky to protect Kentucky’s poultry industry and bird population from the current avian influenza outbreak.


“We are taking these steps out of an abundance of caution,” Dr. Stout said. “Poultry is Kentucky’s leading agricultural commodity, and we will do everything we can to keep our commercial and backyard poultry industries secure.”


The Office of the State Veterinarian (OSV) announced the following actions:

  • All poultry commingling sales events, including stockyards, flea markets, and swap meets, are banned. Sales of poultry will not be allowed at any fair or show. A private sale with direct intrastate farm-to-farm movement is allowed per state regulation 302 KAR 20.065, section 7.
  • Entry of poultry into Kentucky for sale is restricted to poultry from facilities certified by the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) as free of H5 or H7 viruses. Entry from AI H5/H7-Clean or AI Clean facilities within a state with highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) infections must meet Kentucky regulatory requirements. Entry from facilities within an HPAI control zone is banned.
  • Entry of poultry into Kentucky for private sale or movement must be permitted by the Office of the State Veterinarian and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Game bird permit applications must originate from an NPIP AI H5/H7-clean facility that meets the requirements of the OSV’s poultry restrictions memo. Persons seeking a game bird permit also must obtain a transportation permit from the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources.
  • Exhibition events, shows, and fairs will be restricted to in-state poultry only. No out-of-state poultry will be allowed into Kentucky for exhibition purposes. All poultry presented for exhibition shall be subject to inspection by Kentucky Department of Agriculture personnel.

The Office of the State Veterinarian, an agency of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture, works with the University of Kentucky, USDA, other government agencies, private veterinary practitioners, and producers to prevent and eradicate disease in Kentucky livestock and poultry.


Dr. Stout encouraged poultry producers and all other bird owners to take biosecurity measures to prevent their birds from being infected with avian influenza or other bird diseases:

  • Keep your distance – Isolate your birds from visitors and other birds.
  • Keep it clean – Prevent germs from spreading by cleaning shoes, tools and equipment.
  • Don’t haul disease home – Clean vehicles and cages.
  • Don’t borrow from your neighbor – Avoid sharing tools and equipment with neighbors.
  • Know the signs – Watch for early signs to prevent the spread of disease
  • Report sick birds – Report unusual signs of disease or unexpected deaths to the Office of the Kentucky State Veterinarian at (502) 573-0282, option 3, or through USDA’s toll-free number at 1-866-536-7593.

In late April, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza in two wild birds in McCracken County. There have been no detections in domestic flocks in Kentucky.


Avian influenza has been reported in 21 states since last December, and approximately 50 million birds have been affected, including about 29.1 million in Iowa alone.


The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers the risk to humans from the HPAI viruses in the current outbreak to be low. No human HPAI infections have been detected in the United States to date.


Kentucky’s poultry industry generated an estimated $1.2 billion in farm cash receipts in 2013, the Kentucky office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service reported. Kentucky farmers produced 309 million broilers and more than 1.1 billion eggs in 2013.


Kentucky entry requirements are listed on the OSV website at For more biosecurity tips and other information about avian influenza, go to  For answers to our most Frequently Asked Questions regarding Kentucky Poultry Restrictions, click here.


Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) - Updated 5/22/2015

EHM is also commonly referred as Equine Herpesvirus Type 1 Neurologic form

Recent reports of Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) being diagnosed in multiple states, and with some outbreaks apparently associated with exposure and transmission occuring at equine events; the Kentucky State Veterinarians Office has issued and distributed an awareness statement that includes our perspective and recommendations to event managers and exhibitors. 
Click the link to open the document in a printable format. 2015 EHM Occurrence & KY's Perspective


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.

Office of State Veterinarian

Directions to the Office

Office of State Veterinarian
109 Corporate Drive
Frankfort, KY 40601
Phone: 502-782-5901
Fax: 502-573-1020

    Additional Contacts:

  • KDA State Veterinarian: 502-782-5901
  • KDA State Veterinarian Fax: 502-573-1020