State Veterinarian Dr. Charles Hatcher is responsible for monitoring and protecting animal health in Tennessee. The State Veterinarian also works with private veterinarians, animal pathologists and the state's network of animal disease diagnostic laboratories in identifying diseases and making a definitive diagnosis in cases of animal deaths.
The State Veterinarian is responsible for the certification and enforcement of animal health standards required for interstate and international commerce of livestock and livestock products. This office also cooperates with federal animal health officials in accrediting Tennessee's approximately 1,000 practicing private veterinarians.
The State Veterinarian's Office may be contacted at (615) 837-5120.