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Board Mission

The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine is the licensing agency for veterinarians in the state of Minnesota and was established by the Minnesota Legislature in 1893. The seven members of the Board are appointed by the Governor to four-year terms; five members are licensed veterinarians and two are public members.

The mission of the Board is to promote, preserve, and protect the health, safety and welfare of the public and animals through the effective control and regulation of the practice of veterinary medicine.

Board of Pharmacy Guidance on the Compounding of Veterinary Products

The Minnesota Board of Pharmacy will temporarily exercise enforcement discretion by not requiring a pharmacy to become licensed as a manufacturer when it compounds and distributes a limited supply of veterinary products that are needed in urgent or emergency situations; where the health of the animal is threatened, where suffering or death of the animal is likely to results, from failure to treat.

Note that this guidance will remain in effect only until the Board can promulgate appropriate rules related to this issue.

Details regarding this guidance can be found in this PDF: Urgent and Emergency Veterinary Compounding Guidance.


The Board of Veterinary Medicine is now sending out a digital newsletter after Board meetings to keep you up to date with the latest news and information about veterinary medicine in Minnesota. Please click here to see the Fall 2015 edition of the newsletter. If you did not receive this newsletter in May, please use this page to update your email address.

Previous editions of the newsletter can be found here.

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Rabies Vaccination

The Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine is providing to all Minnesota licensed veterinarians a Rabies Vaccination Guidance Document. This document was created to be a reference document and provide information to veterinarians who administer rabies vaccine to companion animals.

Click the link to view the document. If you are unable to open the document, please try using a different web browser or please visit our Other News section for links to the documents. If you are still unable to access these documents, please send an email request to and PDF copies will be emailed to you.

Board Member Openings 2016

The Board of Veterinary Medicine has two openings for members in 2016:

A licensed veterinarian residing in Minnesota to serve on the Large Animal Complaint Review Committee, and a public member to serve on the Impaired Veterinarian Complaint Review Committee. Applicants for the veterinary member must have an active Minnesota veterinary license, and at least 5 years of veterinary experience, preferably with large animals. The public member may not or never have been, a member of the veterinary profession, the spouse of any such person, or have a material financial interest in either the provision of veterinary service or an activity directly related to the profession.

Board members are considered volunteers. However, a member does receive a modest per diem for time spent on the work of the Board and travel to the meetings. The time commitment for a veterinarian on the Large Animal Complaint Review Committee and a public member are: 3 - 6 Board meetings/year for an entire afternoon; 10 - 20 complaint review conferences of 2 hours each/year; and 1-2 hours a week reviewing complaint files. The terms are for 4 years, and members can reapply for 2nd and 3rd terms. 

The Secretary of State's Office is now accepting applications for the open positions. These will be reviewed by the Governor who will make the appointments. The new Board members' term will begin January 1, 2016. Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. 

Click here to download the PDF from the Secretary of State's website. The Open Appointments Vacancy Notice is available on page 39 under Minnesota Board of Veterinary Medicine.

The Secretary of State's link to online applications or a downloadable application can be found on this page: 

Please contact Dr. Wilson at the Board of Veterinary Medicine if you have questions about the positions: (651) 201-2844 or

2015 Board Member Appointments

Governor Dayton announced the appointment of Dr. Amy Kizer to the Board of Veterinary Medicine for a four year term on June 19, 2015. He also reappointed Dr. Michelle Vaughn for her second term. Dr. Vaughn is the current Board president. Both Dr. Kizer and Dr. Vaughn are small animal veterinarians. To learn more about Dr. Vaughn, please see the Fall 2014 Board newsletter.

Dr. Kizer brings her veterinary experience with both small animals and a variety of exotic animals and fish. She is the veterinarian for the Sea Life Aquarium at the Mall of America, and teaches veterinary students at the University of Minnesota about veterinary care for small exotic animals. A 2002 graduate of the University of Minnesota, she owns and works at Lexington Pet Clinic in Eagan, Minnesota.

The Board thanks Dr. John Lawrence for his 12 years of outstanding commitment to the public and veterinarians of the state, which included four years of leadership as the president of the Board.

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