NPPC Names Wagstrom Chief Veterinarian

May 2, 2011

Contact: Dave Warner 202-347-3600

Washington, May 2, 2011 

The National Pork Producers Council has named Dr. Liz Wagstrom as its chief veterinarian; she will begin her duties May 16. Wagstrom will be located in NPPC’s Washington, D.C., office.

Wagstrom, an internationally recognized expert on pig health, food safety and zoonoses, most recently was associate professor with the University of Minnesota’s Center for Animal Health and Food Safety. Prior to that, she worked for the National Pork Board, first as director of Veterinary Services and more recently as assistant vice president for Science and Technology. Wagstrom also served as an epidemiologist and public health veterinarian for the Minnesota Department of Health.

“Dr. Wagstrom brings a unique set of qualifications and perspectives, an in-depth knowledge of U.S. pork production and swine research and a long-standing relationship with the public health community,” said Audrey Adamson, NPPC vice president of domestic policy issues. “At NPPC, she will have a broad portfolio, including domestic and international animal health and welfare, on-farm production and public health and food-safety issues.”

Wagstrom received a bachelor’s degree in animal science and agricultural economics from the University of Minnesota and earned her doctorate in veterinary medicine and master’s degree in veterinary preventive medicine from Iowa State University. She is board certified by the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

“NPPC is very pleased Dr. Wagstrom is joining our staff,” said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks. “Her background, knowledge and skills make her a valuable resource for U.S. pork producers and the U.S. pork industry.”

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