animal health

Animal Health - State Veterinarian's Office

The State Veterinarian's Office is responsible for detecting, monitoring, and controlling over animal diseases that can have a significant impact on the agricultural economy and trade, or that can be contagious to both animals and people.


Buying Pets from the Internet


Be extremely careful when purchasing or adopting an animal online. Many pet scams aim to deceive unsuspecting pet lovers. These criminals commonly offer a pet for little or no cost, then demand a hefty deposit to ship the animal or to release it from quarantine.

Many of these scam artists are from foreign countries, and getting your money back may be impossible. Never wire money. Research your purchase thoroughly. Find out as much about the seller as you can.

Find pet stores licensed to operate in Georgia.

Animal Health

Programs in this Area

Animal Health & Diseases

Learn about animal diseases, reporting requirements, and how we can help you with disease traceability.

Bringing Animals into Georgia

Did you know that there are requirements when you move animals between states? This section tells you what you need to know if you want to bring animals into Georgia.

Contact Us

Questions on Rabies?

Rabies: GDA cannot assist with rabies issues.  

  • Questions: Division of Public Health, Medical Epidemiologist, (404) 657-2588
  • Testing: Call Public Health (404) 327-7981
  • Rabies & Poison Control Center (animal bites): (800) 282-5846 or (404) 616-9000