Governor Sam Brownback signed a bill Tuesday that puts the Kansas Board of Veterinary Examiners into the Kansas Department of Agriculture.
The move is on a two-year, trial basis for now. Supporters say it will improve consistency and efficiency in the Kansas animal health industry.
Under the plan, the board will keep its authority to ensure veterinarians meet license requirements and their facilities meet safety standards. But it's expected they'll be able to meet their goals more efficiently by coordinating with the Agriculture Department and its resources.
The merger also is intended to promote consistent policies in the animal health industry.
The Kansas animal agriculture industry contributes $10.6 billion annually to the Kansas economy.