Animal Health


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Protecting Animal Health

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WSDA protects animals and humans from contagious animal diseases. To prevent animal diseases from entering the state, veterinarians examine animals and monitor health certificates that are required for all animals entering the state. WSDA also tests cattle blood and milk to detect and eliminate disease.

WSDA has developed a state plan to respond to foreign animal diseases and highly infectious animal diseases. The agency has conducted exercises with local and federal agencies to ensure the state is ready to respond to and control an animal disease outbreak.


Livestock and poultry producers

WSDA has developed guidance to help Washington livestock producers protect animals from exposure to disease.

Feed security requirements

The Bioterrorism Act of 2002 requires anyone who manufactures, processes, packs, distributes, receives, or holds feed for consumption by animals in the U.S., to: 

  • Register with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) by Dec. 12, 2003. 
  • Create and maintain records that FDA determines are necessary to identify where the feed came from and where it was distributed. 

Feed security guidance

To evaluate your operations for security, review the Food Security Preventive Measures Guidance issued by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration March 21, 2003.

Report suspicious behavior

If you observe suspicious activities on your farm or ranch, contact:

Animal disease emergency response plan


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