Veterinarians and Veterinary Technicians

The Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food, and Markets partners with Vermont veterinarians on various projects and initiatives, including emergency preparedness, disease testing and prevention, accreditation, and educational loan repayments.

To obtain an import permit, information pertaining to animal health-related issues in Vermont, or information pertaining to any program administered by the Vermont Agency of Agriculture's Animal Health Section, contact the Vermont Agency of Agriculture.

Click on one of the following topics for detailed information:

Accreditation

Animal Health Lab

Arboviral Testing

Certificates of Veterinary Inspection

Coggins Forms

Export - International

Export - Interstate

Reportable Diseases

Rabies

Tuberculin Ordering

VMLRP

Other Information

Accreditation

If you have any questions about the USDA's National Veterinary Accreditation Program or need to be federally accredited, please contact your local area office (Sutton, MA 508-363-2272) or visit the NVAP site.

If you need to be accredited in Vermont, please contact:

Dr. Joel Russo
(802) 223-5071

Animal Health Lab

The Animal Health Section of the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets works closely with the Agency's Animal Health lab to meet the animal health diagnostic needs of Vermont veterinarians. Currently, the lab is housed in Burlington and offers serologic testing of cattle, sheep, goats, llamas, alpacas, horses and swine for a number of infectious diseases including Brucellosis and Equine Infectious Anemia. The Serology lab is certified annually by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. To learn more about the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets' Animal Health Lab, including services offered, hours of operation, sample delivery instructions and contact information, click here.

Arboviral Testing

The Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets offering testing of highly susceptible species, free of charge, from July 1st through November 15th. Specimens that meet the criteria for testing will be tested for both EEE virus and West Nile virus.For specifics regarding sample submissions and case definition, please refer to the link below, "Arboviral Letter to Veterinarians".

Arboviral Letter to Veterinarians 

Certificates of Veterinary Inspection

  • Utilize electronic certificates (eCVIs) from approved companies - call the Animal Health Office at (802)828-2421 for specific information.
  • Order paper copies from the State of Vermont Corrections printing center by calling (802)334-8997 - approximately $0.12 per copy

Coggins forms

  • Utilize companies such as Larch Hill or Global Vet Link
  • Order paper copies from the State of Vermont Corrections printing center by calling (802)334-8997 - approximately $0.17 per copy
  • Order free of charge from USDA by calling (508)363-2290. 

Export - International

USDA Letter
USDA Updated Letter
Contact:
USDA-APHIS-VS, National Import Export Services (NIES), District 1 Service Center
500 New Karner Rd, 2nd Floor, Albany, NY 12205 
518 218 7540 phone| 518 218 7545 facsimile
vspsny@aphis.usda.gov
USDA APHIS Pet Travel

Export - Interstate

www.aphis.usda.gov/import_export/animals/animal_import/animal_imports_st...

Reportable Diseases

In Vermont, certain livestock and poultry diseases are required to be reported to the Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets' Animal Health Office so that the Animal Health Section may work collaboratively with the herd veterinarian, owner and herdsperson to prevent the spread of contagious disease into naive livestock or poultry populations.

Refer to the U.S. National List of Reportable Animal Diseases for diseases to report in Vermont. All accredited veterinarians and animal disease diagnostic laboratories must immediately report the discovery of any domestic animal which is infected with or has been exposed to a reportable disease. The report should specify the location and description of the animal, the disease invovled and the name and address of the owner or person in possession of the animal and should be made to the state veterinarian via telepone (802) 828-2421 or fax (802) 828-5983.

  • Questions regarding reportable animal diseases should be directed to the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets' Animal Health Office.
  • Reporting to the Department of Health: Some animal diseases are zoonotic, which means that they can be transmitted from animals to people. Since these diseases pose a risk to public health, they are closely monitored by the Vermont Department of Health. Signs consistent with diseases such as rabies and botulism must be reported to the Department of Health. View a complete list of diseases reportable to the Vermont Department of Health.

Rabies 

  • Department of Health website for rabies information
  • Wildlife guidance for veterinarians
  • To obtain instructions for rabies sample submission from a Vermont animal, contact:
    Vermont Department of Health
    Infectious Disease Epidemiology Program
    (800)640-4374 (VT only) or (802)863-7240

Tuberculin for Caudal Fold Testing

Veterinarians are now required to order PPD for tuberculosis testing from the National Veterinary Services Lab in Ames, IA. This will allow the NVSL Brucella and Mycobacteria REagent Team staff to better evaluate the quantity of tuberculin PPD required and possible vial volume best suited for scheduled testing. To order PPD, please fill the following two forms: the VS 9-4 and the supplemental ordering form.

Veterinarians should allow 10 days to process an order and should be aware that the lab does not ship orders on Fridays. No users fees are required for cattle testing, including cattle being exported.

Please contact the regional USDA office located in Sutton, MA, at (508) 363-2290 with any questions.

VMLRP

Vermont Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program

To learn more about this opportunity or to apply for funding, visit the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association website.
The Vermont legislature authorized the appropriation of state funds in 2011 and 2012 for purposes of ensuring an "adequate and stable supply of food animal veterinarians in Vermont".  In response to this appropriation, the Vermont Agency of Agriculture, Food and Markets partnered with the Vermont Veterinary Medical Association to establish the Vermont Food Animal Veterinarian Educational Loan Repayment Program (VFAVELRP), the purpose of which is to award funding to qualified food animal veterinary applicants to help support repayment of their veterinary loan debt.  The program was implemented in 2012, and will continue for as long as there is need and available funding.  By taking the initiative to allocate funds of $30,000 annually, our state government has identified and acknowledges the integral role food animals play in the fabric that makes up Vermont. 

United States Department of Agriculture's VMLRP

USDA’s Veterinary Medicine Loan Repayment Program (VMLRP), authorized by the National Veterinary Medical Services Act (NVMSA), helps qualified veterinarians offset a significant portion of the debt incurred in pursuit of their veterinary medical degrees in return for their service in certain high-priority veterinary shortage situations. The National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) implements NVMSA by entering into educational loan repayment agreements with veterinarians who agree to provide veterinary services in veterinarian shortage situations for a determined period of time. Visit the following link for more information about the program and about Vermont's designated shortage areas:

USDA VMLRP

Other information of interest to veterinarians and veterinary technicians  

Contact Information

Agency of Agriculture, Food & Markets

116 State Street
Montpelier, Vt 05620-2901
802.828.2430

Program Contacts

  • Media Inquiries                      802.622.4662
  • Licensing & Registration        802.828.2436
  • Business Development          802.828.1619
  • Feed, Seed, Fertilizer & Lime  802.828.2431
  • Working Lands                    802.622.4477
  • Public Health & Resource Management                802.828.2431
  • Laboratory               802.522.3502
  • Animal Health                        802.828.2421
  • Dairy                              802.828.2433
  • Consumer Protection / Weights & Measures                            802.828.2433
  • Meat Inspection                    802.828.2426
  • Water Quality                               802.828.2431
    • Farmer Assistance                    802.622.4098
    • Enforcement                                802.828.2431
    • Reports                                      802.272.0323
    • BMP's                                      802.828.3474
  • Act 250                          802.828.2431 
  • Pesticide                        802.828.2431