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Equine Health and Welfare Council, KY

Authority: KRS 257.472
Status: Active
Term: 4 years
Chair: The Council shall elect one of its members to serve as Chair for a term of 2 years.
Description: The KY Equine Health and Welfare Council shall assist, advise, and consult with the KY Livestock Care Standards Commission on equine health and welfare issues and shall act to maintain the health, welfare, and safety of equines in the Commonwealth.
Composition: The Council shall be composed of 13 voting members and 2 nonvoting ex-officio members as follows; The Commissioner of Agriculture or his or her designee; The State Veterinarian or their designee; 1 representative of the UK College of Agriculture Equine Initiative to be designated by the Dean of the UK College of Agriculture; 1 representative of the U of L Equine Industry Program to be designated by the Dean of the College of Business; 1 representative of equine education programs chosen by Morehead State University, Murray State University, or Western KY University on a rotating basis at the pleasure of the university to serve a 1 year term; The Executive Director of the UK Livestock Disease Diagnostic Center, or their designee, or the Ex. Dir. of the Murray state University Breathitt Veterinary Center, or their designee who shall serve 1 year terms on a rotating basis; 1 representative of the KY Farm Bureau federation with an interest in equine issues; 1 veterinarian representing the Kentucky Equine Health and Welfare Alliance Inc., 1 member representing the KY Veterinary Medical Association; 1 member to be appointed by the Governor from a list of 3 nominees submitted by the KY Horse Council; 1 member representing organized horse rescue entities to be selected by the Governor from a listing of those who apply for membership of the Council; 2 members at large who live in diverse regions of the state to be appointed by the Governor. Each member at large shall primarily represent one of the following - Equine breeders and owners; and agricultural interests. The Chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Agriculture, who shall serve as a nonvoting ex-officio member; and The Chair of the House Standing Committee on Agriculture and Small Business shall serve as a nonvoting ex officio member. The Council shall elect one of its members to serve as Chair for a term of 2 years. The Council shall meet quarterly or upon the call of the Chair.
Compensation: None
Meeting Schedule: Quarterly or upon call of the Chair
Number of Members: 15
Needs Senate Confirmation: No
          KY Department of Agriculture 111 Corporate Drive
          Frankfort, KY
County: Franklin
Phone: (502) 564-4696
Fax: (502) 573-0046


NameAppointedTerm ExpiresPositionCounty
Whitman, Jeremy L.9/10/20158/19/2019Member; KY Veterinary Medical Assoc. representativeScott
Marcum, Frank Dwayne11/20/20148/19/2018Member; KY Equine Health and Welfare Alliance, Inc. representativeWoodford
Barnett, Alexander11/20/20148/19/2018Member; KY Farm Bureau representativeHarrison
Fugate, David10/16/20138/19/2017Member; KY Horse Council representativeMorgan
Quarles, Commissioner Ryan 12/2/2015Ex-officio; non-voting
Stout, Robert C. DVMEx-officio; non-voting
Courtelis, Kiki Lisa12/9/20198/19/2021Member, representing members at-largeScott

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