The National Pork Producers Council has named Liz Wagstrom, DVM, as its chief veterinarian. Wagstrom will begin her duties May 16 and will be located in NPPC’s Washington, D.C., office.
Wagstrom, an internationally recognized expert on swine health, food safety and zoonoses, most recently was associate professor with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Animal Health and Food Safety. Prior to that, she worked for the National Pork Board most recently as assistant vice president for Science and Technology.
“Dr. Wagstrom brings a unique set of qualifications and perspectives, an in-depth knowledge of U.S. pork production and swine research and a long-standing relationship with the public health community,” said Audrey Adamson, NPPC vice president of domestic policy issues. “At NPPC, she will have a broad portfolio, including domestic and international animal health and welfare, on-farm production and public health and food-safety issues.”
Wagstrom served as an epidemiologist and public health veterinarian for the Minnesota Department of Health. She received a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota and earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine and master’s degree in veterinary preventive medicine from Iowa State University. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.
“NPPC is very pleased Dr. Wagstrom is joining our staff,” said Neil Dierks, NPPC chief executive officer. “Her background, knowledge and skills make her a valuable resource for U.S. pork producers and the U.S. pork industry.”