Our Mission

The Poultry and Animal Health Section of the Delaware Department of Agriculture is committed to protect the health of domestic animal and avian species from the introduction and spread of infectious and contagious diseases, including those transmissible to the human population.

Delaware Import Requirements

Latest News:

ATTENTION Delaware Sheep and Goat owners

Free disposal of deceased adult sheep and adult goats is now being offered at DDA.

Goat   Sheep

Why is this being offered?

  • In order for Delaware to maintain its Scrapie Consistent Status with USDA, the State Veterinarian is encouraging producers to consider submitting adult sheep and goats that die on Delaware farms for free disposal and testing.
  • If you are unable to bring the deceased animal here to the office, our inspectors are able to arrange pick up at your Delaware farm.
  • All adult animals will be tested for Scrapie.

For more information about Scrapie, contact us or check out the Center for Food Security & Public Health or APHIS publications.

If you are a backyard flock owner, and have not registered your flock, complete the Poultry Registration Form English / Spanish

Stray Livestock: Stray livestock or agricultural animals at large can be reported to the Poultry and Animal Health Section of the Department of Agriculture. Please call 302-698-4500 or email DEanimalhealth@state.de.us with your name, contact information, and as much detail as possible about the animals, location, and specific problem. After business hours, please call 302-233-1480.

Key Objectives

  • Perform ongoing observation and surveillance for contagious diseases in all domestic animals in Delaware. Diseases for which we monitor include: Brucellosis, tuberculosis, pseudorabies, scrapie, avian influenza, Newcastle disease, and Johne's disease.
  • Respond to reports of disease or death with field investigations and contain outbreaks to preserve the health of unaffected animals.


It is the responsibility of the Poultry and Animal Health Section to be completely familiar with the disease status of all classes of animals — livestock, pet, and exotic, as well as commercial poultry and pet birds. This applies, not only to the local situation, but also regionally and nationally as well. If there is a serious disease in another state or section of the country, the State Veterinarian may place severe importation restrictions or a total embargo on the affected species in an attempt to prevent the introduction of the disease into this state.

This section is charged with preventing the introduction and spread of contagious and infectious diseases into and within the animal and poultry population of the state. It accomplishes this by maintaining a diagnostic laboratory of its own, as well as cooperating with the poultry diagnostic laboratory of the University of Delaware. Section personnel respond to reports of actual or potential disease problems from veterinarians as well as from livestock, poultry, and pet owners. Personnel visit farms, dairies, livestock auctions, etc. to collect various biological specimens for analysis and diagnosis of disease. In most instances, the veterinarian or owner is informed of the diagnosis, control, and/or treatment for the disease. When certain serious, highly contagious diseases are diagnosed, however, the State Veterinarian, through the authority given to the Secretary of Agriculture, may quarantine or even destroy the animal, herd, or flock to prevent the spread of that disease to other premises.

Avian Influenza

Delaware PEDv Information

Foreign Animal Disease (FAD) Links

Animal Disease Links