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Bureau of Regulatory Services

The Bureau of Regulatory Services enforces certain food safety laws and regulations relating to milk safety, produce safety, small poultry slaughter establishments, animal feed including pet food/pet treat manufacturing. The Bureau is responsible for regulating the growing of hemp and registering seed, fertilizer, soil amendment and liming materials. In the domestic animal realm, the Bureau enforces laws and regulations pertaining to animal control, animal population control, importation, and animal health issues. The Bureau also plays a critical role in the control of rabies in in domestic animals.    

Bureau or Unit




Regulatory Services

860) 713-2508

(860) 713-2515

Agricultural Commodities Unit

(860) 713-2513

(860) 713-2515

Animal Control Unit

(860) 713-2506

(860) 706-5748

Animal Health

(860) 713-2504

(860) 713-2515

Animal Population Control Program

(860) 713-2507

(860) 713-2585

Hemp Production

(860) 713-2502


Licensing Unit

(860) 713-2512


Milk Safety Unit

(860) 713-2508

(860) 713-2515

Produce Safety

(860) 713-2508


State Veterinarian

(860) 713-2505

(860) 713-2548

Federal Veterinarian


(860) 713-2576


Bureau Personnel:

Director:  Bruce A. Sherman, D.V.M, MPH                                                                

Assistant Director:  Wayne Kasacek, BS, RS  

Acting State Veterinarian:  Bruce A. Sherman, D.V.M, MPH  

Administrative Assistant: Vacant   Bureau Secretary: Charmaine Davis

Agricultural Commodities (animal feed, fertilizer, liming materials, soil amendments, hemp):

    Kate Nelson, Agricultural and Marketing Representative
    Matthew Snurkowski, Agricultural and Marketing Representative

Animal Health (Livestock/Poultry/Animal Disease Traceability):

    Elizabeth Hall, Agricultural and Marketing Representative
    Willow Lake, Agricultural and Marketing Representative
    Tim McGuire, Agricultural and Marketing Representative
    James Sullivan, Agricultural and Marketing Representative

Animal Population Control Program & Licensing Unit:

    Paula Butler, Licensing and Applications Specialist
    Melissa Hyjek, Processing Technician
    Paula Majewski, Processing Technician

Milk Safety Unit:

    James Allyn, Agricultural and Marketing Representative
    Jane Murdock, Agricultural and Marketing Representative
    Kurt Nieminen, Agricultural and Marketing Representative
    Chris Stroker, Agricultural and Marketing Representative

Produce Safety:

    Resha Jacquier, Agricultural and Marketing Representative
    Katie Yuhas, Agricultural and Marketing Representative
    Mark Zotti, Agricultural and Marketing Representative

State Animal Control Unit:

    Jeremiah Dunn, Chief State Animal Control Officer

    Kelli Baker, State Animal Control Officer
    Charles DellaRocco, State Animal Control Officer
    Dean Gates, State Animal Control Officer
    Nancy Jarvis, State Animal Control Officer
    Tanya Wescovich, State Animal Control Officer
    Gary Wilson, State Animal Control Officer

Visit the following links for information that fall under the purview of the Bureau of Regulation and Inspection:

Agricultural Commodities: oversight of the regulations and statutes for manufacture and sales of animal feeds, pet foods, seeds, fertilizer, eggs, apples

Agricultural Licensing Unit: license, registration and permitting

Animal Control: domestic animals, kennels, pet stores, animal bites, rabies

Animal Health: testing and surveillance, information on programs

Animal Population Control: dog and cat spay/neuter, vaccinations, application to license dogs, vehicle "pet" plate, feral cat grant program

CT Animal Traceability System (CATS): USDA identification program

Connecticut Hemp Research Pilot Program: implementation and oversight of the production and harvesting of Hemp

Fruit and Vegetable Growers Inspection Programs: implementation and oversight of Food Safety Modernization Act and CT Good Agricultural Practices

Milk Safety: surveillance and testing, advisory, implementation of the PMO

    Milk Storage Recommendations

Rabies Manual

Small Poultry Processor Inspection Program Compliance Guide

    Poultry Slaughter Flow Chart

State Veterinarian

Voluntary Honey or Maple Syrup Producer Registration

Voluntary Small Shell Egg Processing Plant Inspection Program Compliance Guide

     Shell Egg Flow Chart

West Nile Virus