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Scott Marshall DVM
401-222-2781
Extension 4503

RI Livestock Welfare Standards
Animal Health Forms & Applications
2014 Fair & Show Regulations
DEM Offers Advice on Pet Adoptions
List of Licensed Rescues, Shelters and Carriers
Rabies Testing Information for Pet & Livestock Owners/FAQs
Rabies Contact Information
2013 Rabies Protocol Manual
Rabies Vaccination Variance Guidance
Emergency Advice For Animal Owners
Emergency Kennel Listing
DEM Emergency Response Plan, Sec. 6-8
Avian Flu Information
EEE & WNV Alerts

The function of the Animal Health Unit is ensuring public health and animal health within the state. Staff from this division perform surveillance testing on poultry and livestock. They also assist farmers and pet owners with meeting requirements for the importation and exportation of animals to other states and countries. This section also assists state agencies with disaster preparedness involving the sheltering of animals and in the response to a disease outbreak that could threaten public health or animal health in Rhode Island. Animal Health plays a key role in rabies control within the state by coordinating all response agencies from the local to the state level.

Livestock Testing

To ensure the health of the livestock in Rhode Island and to ensure public health when consuming animal products, the Division of Agriculture's Animal Health staff conducts animal testing. Due to budgetary and staffing constraints, revisions have been made to the testing policy. Read the 2010 RI Division of Agriculture Animal Health Testing Policy.

Pet Store Complaints

If you have concerns about the condition of animals at pet stores ot the condition of the stores themselves, please contact us. Click Here for a list of concerns and information on who to contact.

List of Licensed Rescues, Shelters and Carriers

The Animal Health Unit licenses privately run Animal Shelters physically located within the State of Rhode Island, as well as rescues and carriers which operate within its borders. Click here for an ordered list.

Reportable Diseases

Veterinarians, livestock owners, pet owners and licensed facilities are required to report specific diseases and/or illnesses directly to the State Veterinarians office at (401) 222-2781. In the case of zoonotic diseases, you are required to contact the RI Department of Health at (401) 222-2577, immediately upon diagnosis. Click here for a list of reportable animal diseases in Rhode Island.


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rev. 10/7/14