Michigan gets new state veterinarian

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By Tamia Boyd

Nora Wineland

Chronic Wasting Disease and tuberculosis in Michigan’s deer herd are among the priorities of Michigan’s new state veterinarian.

“I’m looking forward to getting my feet back onto the ground and understanding the staff and issues here along with stakeholders,” said Nora Wineland, a Michigan native who began work Nov. 5.  “Putting that all together and developing a path towards what needs to be addressed and formulating an approach.”

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gordon Wenk recently selected Wineland to replace James Averill. Averill was promoted  to the agency’s deputy director.

Wineland received her bachelor’s degree in veterinary science and doctor of veterinary medicine from Michigan State University.  She also earned a master’s degree in epidemiology at Colorado State University.

Previously she was a field veterinarian for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Ohio.

Wineland also worked with producers identified as having diseases under the National Animal Health Monitoring System.

She also was director of animal welfare for the United States Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Center in Kansas City, Missouri.

“I’m looking forward to getting started and to see the progress I can make here.” Wineland said.

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