Division of Animal Industry
The Division of Animal Industry is responsible for enforcing animal health regulations in Florida and protecting the state from animal pests and diseases, which could have major economic and public health consequences. The Division combines a Bureau of Diagnostic Laboratories and Bureau of Animal Disease Control, carrying out active animal disease prevention, surveillance, and control programs. District veterinarians and animal health inspectors throughout the State work with producers, animal owners, and private veterinarians in monitoring and enhancing the health and welfare of Florida 's animals. Florida 's livestock inventory includes 26 million poultry, 1.5 million beef cattle, 500,000 horses, 140,000 dairy cattle, 100,000 swine, 30,000 goats, 10,000 sheep, and millions of companion animals. Traditional farm/ranch livestock are raised along with exotic species from around the globe. The number and diversity of animals in Florida and our dynamic animal commerce demands vigilance in protecting animal and human health. The Division of Animal Industry serves as the lead agency for Animal and Agricultural Issues under Florida 's Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan. Planning and response and coordination efforts are an important responsibility of the Division for emergencies ranging from natural disasters to devastating disease outbreaks. The Division plays a critical role in safeguarding animal and public health and maintaining market access for Florida's animals and animal products.
- The Division of Animal Industry is in the process of preliminary rule development of Chapter 5C-31, Cattle Identification.
The purpose of this rule is to improve the state’s ability to trace livestock (cattle and Bison) in the event of an animal disease emergency. Official individual identification enables Florida producers to market animals into other states under federal and state regulations which require official individual identification.
A copy of the DRAFT rule text and the notice of rule development may be accessed from the following links:
- Equine Herpes Virus – 1 (EHV-1) Update
- US Now Free of Vesicular Stomatitis (VS)
- Online Payments
- Revised Endemic Equine Piroplasmosis Areas in Texas
- Pet Hurricane Preparedness
- Avian Influenza Information
- Disaster Veterinarian and Veterinary Technician Volunteer Program
- Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) Information
- Emergency Management/Hurricane Information
- Equine ID cards for intrastate and interstate movement
- Feral Swine Dealer Program
- Reportable Diseases – Summary, Rule & Listing
- West Nile Virus Information