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


Internet pet scams aim to deceive unsuspecting pet lovers. These scams offer a pet for little or no cost but will request a hefty shipping deposit or other "unforeseen" expenses during the process.

Many of these criminals operate overseas. Finding and prosecuting them could be extremely difficult; maybe impossible. Research the seller thoroughly. Only purchase from sellers you can validate.

Use our License Search tool to see pet dealers, kennel operators (groomers, trainers, boarders), animal rescues, humane societies, and local government animal shelters that hold a valid license with the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

If you have been the victim of an internet pet scam or have evidence about such a scam, report it to the FBI at

Note:  Individuals and businesses selling animals over the internet may be required to hold a U.S.D.A. license.

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