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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



Kentucky Poultry Ban UPDATE - 1/15/2016

This letter is written in amendment to and supersedes the letter addressing Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Poultry restrictions dated January 6, 2016 and reinstates poultry movement restrictions issued on June 8, 2015.


Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly referred to as “Bird Flu”, is a highly contagious virus that affects domestic poultry and is believed to be spread by migrating wild birds.  Transmission of HPAI is primarily lateral meaning that it spreads from bird to bird through direct or indirect contact. The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) confirmed the virus in Dubois County, Indiana. This recent confirmation is the closest proximity to a Kentucky border and elevates the threat of potential introduction.  


Due to this increased threat, the previously amended poultry movement restrictions are rescinded and poultry movements are restricted as follows:


Effective this date, the following restrictions are imposed on poultry movements:


  1. All poultry comingling sales events are banned. These include, but are not restricted to, stockyards, flea markets, swap meets.
  2. The sale of poultry shall not be allowed at any fair or show.
  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” or “AI Clean” facilities.  Entry of NC/BY from facilities within a HPAI control zone is banned.
  5. Entry of NC/BY poultry from certified NPIP facilities within an HPAI affected state must also meet 302 KAR 20:250 requirements.
  6. Entry of NC/BY poultry from an affected state 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.
  7. Game bird permit applications must originate from a NPIP facility that meets the requirements listed in d. and e. of this memo.  Additionally, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources requires that a transportation permit be obtained from them.
  8. Exhibition events, shows, and fairs are restricted to in-state poultry movement only.  No entry from out of state is allowed for exhibition purposes.  All poultry presented for exhibition shall be subject to inspection by Kentucky Department of Agriculture personnel.


The Kentucky Department of Agriculture, Office of the State Veterinarian understands that these restrictions may adversely impact some individuals.  After much consideration, it has been determined these restrictions are necessary to address the risk posed by this highly infective virus. We will continue to monitor this situation and make regulatory adjustments as necessary to protect Kentucky’s poultry.


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