License Minnesota

Animal Exhibition Permit

Minnesota rules require that exhibitions where cattle, swine, sheep, goats, horses, or poultry are shown employ an official veterinarian.

Agency contact information:

Animal Health, Minnesota Board of
625 Robert Street North
St. Paul, MN 55155
(651) 296-2942 | (800) 627-3529 (TTY)
(651) 296-7417(fax)
Animal Exhibition Permit
(651) 201-6814


Minnesota Board of Animal Health


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The Minnesota Board of Animal Health's responsibilities include protecting the health of domestic animals of the state.


Minn. Stats. 35.03




Authorization Form for Official Veterinarian

Contact the Minnesota Board of Animal Health at (651) 201-6824.


All animals must be examined by the official veterinarian on the day they are admitted to the exhibition and at least once daily during the exhibition. All out-of-state animals must meet Minnesota importation requirements. No animal may enter or be at a public exhibition that is showing clinical signs of any infectious, contagious or communicable disease, including ringworm and warts.

Always check with exhibition management for additional requirements.

For Minnesota State Fair exhibition requirements, call (651) 288-4417 or visit

For 4-H exhibition requirements, call (800) 444-4238.

An official veterinarian must be present at each public exhibition of livestock for which a permit is required. The official veterinarian of an exhibition shall:

Approve the cleaning and disinfection of the exhibition prior to the exhibition and during the exhibition if livestock are released and new livestock are brought to the exhibition premises.

Inspect all livestock on the day admitted to the exhibition.

Refuse admission of livestock showing signs of any infectious, contagious, or communicable disease, or of livestock not meeting the exhibition entrance requirements.

Maintain tagging records include: the characters on or contained within the ear tag; characters on or contained within other official ear tags on the animal; species, sex, age, and type of animal; date of application; and name of address of the premises where the animal was identified.

For more information regarding the responsibilities of exhibition management and rules for specific animals, see Exhibitions.

See also Exhibition Guidelines Flip Chart and Official ID.


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