Veterinarian to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture

Farmland-350pxFrom protecting food safety, to preventing the spread of zoonotic disease, to ensuring good animal welfare, veterinarians are integral to the missions of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). That’s why we welcome the news that the department is now under veterinary leadership following yesterday’s confirmation of Dr. Sonny Perdue as Secretary of Agriculture.

Secretary Perdue launched his career as a veterinarian after receiving his DVM from the University of Georgia in 1971. He went on to found three agribusinesses and run for local office. In 2002, he was elected governor of Georgia and became the first veterinarian in the nation to serve as governor.

We’re happy to see one of our peers at the helm of the USDA because we believe veterinary input and leadership is crucial across all levels of government. Veterinarians possess a unique scientific expertise that can guide effective policymaking – especially regarding issues involving animal health, animal welfare and public health. As increasing evidence shows that human and animal health are deeply intertwined, veterinary input in policymaking is more important than ever.

We’re looking forward to working with Secretary Perdue to ensure that veterinary expertise continues to be heard at the USDA. We’ve already reached out to him in support of two veterinarians who are being considered for key roles in the USDA, and we will communicate regularly with him about our opposition to soring.

9 thoughts on “Veterinarian to head the U.S. Department of Agriculture

  1. Congratulations Dr Purdue for your new assignment in USDA. We are proud of you being a veterinarian leading prestigious organization.
    Dr GSS Murthy Associate Professor & Head. College of Veterinary Science. Hyderabad.

  2. I congratulate Dr Purdue for heading a prestigious post yet challenging. I wish him a successful year tenure and a bright future ahead as a veterinarian.

  3. Hearty Congrats to Dr. Perdue. US played a vital role in establishing Agricultural Universities in India in 1950s and 1960s. This time I hope USDA will extend its collaboration with Veterinary Universities under the able guidance of Dr. Perdue.
    Dr. Dhananjay Parkale
    Joint Commissioner of Animal Husbandry, Maharashtra State, India
    Pune -411067

  4. Congrats Dr.Purdue.We wish You are a Role model for other Veterinarians who are on the true path of our Professionals who are dedicated their gained knowledge to be shared for betterment and growth and develipment of Plants.Animals and All Mankind in the Entire Universe..thsnks urs affectionately..Dr.Rajashekhar.S.Angadi. A Vet.from Karnataka..

  5. Glad to know the Perrsonal Capability of Veterinary graduates while gaing the knowledge dedication and sacrifieses they undergo so it will be path is clear for them to share knowledge and apply it for Growth and Develooment of Any Governance in the Universe.Dr.Purdue becomes role model for others who are in his Path of Vety.Professionals..on the behalf of our Vets we are greatful for recognizing Vet..and providing enhancing Scope of Veterinary Graduation..Thanking one and all…Let us wish Plant and Animals are in safe hands of our Veterinarians..thanks…a and All…affectionately.Dr.Rajashekhar.S .Angadi…Vet.from Karnataka..

  6. Congrats ,I had been visited us under concheran fellowship,for dairy genetics and feed management at Madison and Missouri university. kindly make refresher course for advancement. Dr vk Singh MVSc,Ph-D ,deupty director animal husbandry directorate of animal husbandry up Lucknow 226007 Mobil no is 919415175733

  7. Its great news and most relevant that the specialist can understand and tackles most of the issues related to no voice community that is Animals’ , Animal welfare and wellbeing. In this regard I congratulate Dr. Purdue for successful endeavor and wishes him a good days ahead.

  8. Hope that U.S. Deparwnt of Agriculture will progress better during the present tenure