Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey on December 27 announced that the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship has hired Dr. David Schmitt as the new state veterinarian for Iowa.
"Dr. Schmitt has many years of experience both as a practicing veterinarian and within the Animal Industry Bureau in the Iowa Department of Agriculture," says Northey. "The department and entire state is lucky to have someone so committed to animal health in this important position."
Schmitt had a private veterinary practice before joining the department in 1999. He served as Iowa's assistant state veterinarian for nearly seven years and has been the acting state veterinarian since April of 2006.
As the state vet, Schmitt will oversee the Iowa Department of Agriculture's Animal Industry Bureau, which regulates animal movement, exhibitions, importation and helps carry out disease eradication/control efforts. The state veterinarian also plays an important role in preparing for and responding to any foreign animal disease or natural disaster concern. The bureau also regulates certain commercial companion animal breeders and retailers.
Schmitt graduated from high school in Hampton, Iowa and earned his degree in veterinary medicine from Iowa State University in 1973.