Patrick Webb, DVM, is the new director of swine health programs for the National Pork Board.

Webb, a veterinarian most recently working as a private consultant, has extensive experience in emergency preparedness and response planning. He will be responsible for overseeing animal identification, along with domestic and foreign animal disease surveillance and response.

Webb recently worked with USDA’s Animal Plant Health Inspection Service to develop a facilities manual for highly contagious animal diseases for the dairy industry.

He previously worked with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship as foreign animal disease program coordinator, where he developed the department’s emergency preparedness plan for animal disease disasters. The program included creating the procedures state agencies would follow in the event of a Foot and Mouth disease outbreak in Iowa or in the United States

Webb obtained both his doctor of veterinary medicine and bachelor of science in animal science degrees from Iowa StateUniversity. He lives in Ames, Iowa.

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