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Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Dustin Vande Hoef
515/281-3375 or 515/326-1616 (cell)
or Dustin.VandeHoef@IowaAgriculture.gov

 
 

DR. JUDITH LABOUNTY HIRED AS EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT VETERINARIAN FOR THE IOWA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND LAND STEWARDSHIP
Position made possible by $100,000 in new funding to the Department to support foreign animal disease outbreak preparations

DES MOINES – The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship today announced that Dr. Judith LaBounty has been hired as the new Emergency Management Veterinarian for the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship.  She started with the Department on Monday, October 2, 2017.

The Department received and additional $100,000 appropriation by the Iowa Legislature to support preparations for a foreign animal disease outbreak and a portion of that funding is being used for this position.  In this role, Dr. LaBounty will support the Departments efforts to ensure emergency response plans are up to date, organize disease response exercises and work with industry partners. A portion of her time will also be dedicated to working in the field as a district veterinarian.

“Dr. LaBounty’s background and experience will be a tremendous asset to the Department as she helps coordinate our planning efforts around potential animal health emergencies. Unfortunately, we saw firsthand how devastating an animal disease outbreak can be with avian influenza in 2015, so we are excited to have her join our team and serving in this important role,” said Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture.

Dr. LaBounty graduated from Oklahoma State Center for Veterinary Health Sciences in 2014 and has worked as a veterinarian for a turkey breeding company based in Iowa. She also has experience working at a small animal emergency clinic in the Des Moines area.

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***A high-resolution photo of LaBounty is available upon request

 

 

 

 

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