The U.S. Animal Health Association announced last week it will relocate its central office from Richmond, Va., to Kansas City, Mo., and named Benjamin Richey as the organization's first executive director.

As executive director, Richey will be responsible for relocating the central office, expanding membership and coordinating the work and reports of some 33 committees. He will also begin coordinating details for the 2007 annual meeting in Reno, NV, with an expanded trade show.

Richey is a recent graduate of PurdueUniversity’s College of Agriculture and a native of New Castle, Ind. Previously, he served with the National Pork Board, as director of communications for the National Institute for Animal Agriculture and as an account executive for Osborn&Barr advertising agency.

USAHA has served as the nation's animal health forum for more than a century. The science-based, dues-supported, voluntary organization has a broad membership, including individuals from state, federal and international animal and public health agencies, allied industry and professional organizations, academia and animal health professionals. USAHA's prime objective is to prevent, control and eliminate livestock diseases that cost producers and consumers approximately $1 billion per year.

Source: USAHA