The Animal Health Section of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets protects the health and welfare of Vermonters and their livestock and poultry by advancing a safe and secure food supply within a marketplace that provides fair and equal access to consumers and processors while enhancing Vermont’s working landscape, rural character and local economies. Through its prudent enforcement programs, the Section maintains the ability of Vermont's livestock, poultry, and livestock products to be sold locally, nationally and internationally. Through its technical assistance and inspection programs, the Animal Health Section provides outreach to producers, processors and consumers on appropriate animal agricultural practices that assure the health and humane treatment of livestock and compliance with best practices, laws and regulations.
In order to accomplish its objectives, the Animal Health Section works closely with the United States Department of Agriculture's Veterinary Services Division, private accredited veterinarians, livestock and poultry producers, and licensees/registrants.
The Animal Health Section oversees the inspection and licensing of pet merchants, and livestock dealers, transporters, and packers. It also issues registration certificates to animal shelters, rescue organizations, certified euthanasia technicians and associated facilities.