The Minnesota Board of Animal Health is guided by a five-member citizen board appointed by the governor. Board members serve four-year terms and may be reappointed. Under Minnesota Statutes, three of the board members must be livestock producers and two must be practicing veterinarians.

The board members elect a president and vice-president and also annually appoint a veterinarian to serve as the state veterinarian and executive director of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. The board meets quarterly. Board meeting notices are posted in the State Register and meetings are open to the public.

Contact the Board Members

Steve Brake | President of the Board and Cattle Producer, Wilmont

Holly Neaton, DVM | Vice President of the Board and Veterinarian, Watertown

Dean Compart | Swine Producer, Nicollet

Paul Hanowski | Poultry Producer, Swanville

Matt Anderson, DVM | Veterinarian, Zumbrota

Next Meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health

The next quarterly meeting of the Minnesota Board of Animal Health will be held at 9:30 a.m. on September 3, 2014 at Cragun's Resort in Brainerd.


  • Board of Animal Health Executive Director's Report
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture Update
  • U of M College of Veterinary Medicine Report
  • U of M Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Update
  • Swine Enteric Coronavirus Disease Reporting
  • PEDv Vaccine
  • Dog and Cat Breeder Inspection Program


  • Animal Disease Traceability Exercises
  • MPTL Salmonella Testing
  • Safe Milk Supply