Paul Sundberg, DVM, was named vice president of Science and Technology for the National Pork Board today, replacing Beth Lautner, DVM, who will become director of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center in January.

Sundberg is the assistant vice president of veterinary issues at NPB. He has overseen technical input for programs including the Pork Quality Assurance Program and the Swine Welfare Assurance Program. He also has worked extensively on a variety of pork-industry issues, including antimicrobial resistance and the judicious use of animal health products; swine-health regulations; food safety and pork production.

The Plum Island Animal Disease Center, on an island off the coast of New York, is part of the science and technology division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is the only place in the United States where research and diagnostic work is done to help prevent the introduction of foreign animal diseases such as foot and mouth disease or classical swine fever.

Sundberg earned his bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He completed his veterinary medicine curriculum and master's degree in clinical science/preventive medicine at Iowa State University. He is board certified in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine and is serving as the president of the college. He also has a doctorate degree in veterinary microbiology with a specialty in preventive medicine from Iowa State University.

Sundberg is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the American Association of Swine Practitioners, the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association and the American Society of Microbiology. He also is a member of the Phi Zeta and Gamma Sigma Delta honor societies.

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