Division of Animal Health

Responsible for the health and safety of domestic animals.

The health and safety of the Commonwealth’s domestic animals is the Division of Animal Health’s primary responsibility.  Through inspections, licensing, awareness and education the Division helps to ensure the general welfare of companion and food-producing animals across the state.

When problematic situations develop, Animal Health staff work with the Department of Public Health, the Animal Rescue League of Boston, the MSPCA, local veterinarians, local health departments, municipal animal inspectors and animal control officers to respond.  Mounting a rapid response ensures the fewest number of animals and animal owners are affected.

Programs and Services

Reportable Animal Disease Updates and Notices

Please go to the Current Animal Disease Updates page for the latest information on these reportable animal diseases in Massachusetts:

Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

African Swine Fever

Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Virus

Eastern Equine Encephalitis

Potomac Horse Fever

Equine Coronavirus 

Newcastle Disease in Cormorants

West Nile Virus in Equines and Camelids