Goehring names assistant state veterinarian

BISMARCK – Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring has appointed Dr. Sara McReynolds as an assistant state veterinarian in the Animal Health Division of the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.

“Dr. McReynolds has a ranching background and the necessary experience treating both large and small animals,” Goehring said. “Her work in disease prevention and control will be especially valuable as North Dakota develops emergency plans and responses to animal disease outbreaks.”

A Kansas native, McReynolds graduated from Dordt College, Sioux City, IA, with a degree in animal science. She later earned a master's degree in public health, a doctorate in epidemiology and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS.

Following graduation, she was in private practice in Laramie, WY, before returning to KSU as a graduate research assistant. In 2013, she served as a scholar with the Department of Homeland Security researching personnel requirements for responding to animal disease outbreaks.

In her new role, McReynolds will participate in the division's emergency response planning and the North Dakota Johne's disease control and the National Poultry Improvement programs. She will help coordinate the 20-member Reserve Veterinary Corps which assists the state veterinarian in preparing and carrying out emergency responses. She will also be NDDA's liaison to the Department of Emergency Services.

McReynolds will report to Dr. Susan Keller, the state veterinarian, and to the State Board of Animal Health.