DES MOINES, Iowa- State Veterinarian, Dr. David Schmitt is retiring next month. Iowa Agriculture Secretary Mike Naig says Assistant State Veterinarian, Dr. Jeff Kaisand will serve as acting State Vet, until a permanent replacement is named.
Dr. Schmitt has been State Veterinarian since December 2007.
“Dr. Schmitt has provided strong, consistent leadership for the Department’s Animal Industry Bureau as it serves our state’s livestock farmers. Dave’s passion for the industry and his extensive experience both in private practice and with the State Vet’s office will be missed,” Naig said. “Animal agriculture contributes more than $13 billion in sales to our state’s economy and we will be conducting a nationwide search to make sure we find the right person to serve in this important role.”
The Ag Department’s Animal Industry Bureau oversees regulation of animal movement, exhibitions, importation and disease eradication/control efforts. The state veterinarian also plays an important role in preparing for and responding to any foreign animal disease or natural disaster concern.
The Bureau also regulates certain commercial companion animal breeders and retailers.
Dr. Schmitt graduated from high school in Hampton, Iowa and earned his degree in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 1973. He worked in a private veterinary practice for more than 25 years before joining the Department as an Assistant State Veterinarian.
(Photo from Iowa State University: Dr. Schmitt and Dr. Chris Rademacher ISU swine extension veterinarian)
Iowa State University's College of Veterinary Medicine honored Dr. David Schmitt with it's Science with Practice Award in November.