Shere named new chief vet at APHIS |

Shere named new chief vet at APHIS

Jack Shere will be the USDA chief veterinary officer and deputy administrator for veterinary services following the departure of John Clifford, it was announced today by Kevin Shea, the administrator of the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Clifford is now the chief trade adviser for Veterinary Services’ National Import Export Services, Shea said in his announcement.

Shere joined the veterinary services division of APHIS in 1990 as a field veterinary medical officer in Nebraska and Wisconsin. He has held many leadership positions since then, including associate western regional director from 2002 to 2005 and eastern regional director from 2005 to 2013.

Shere has served as associate deputy administrator for veterinary services since 2013.

During the 2002-2003 Newcastle poultry disease outbreak in California, Texas, New Mexico and Utah, Shere served as the joint area commander and incident commander, leading a federal and state effort for nine months until the disease was eradicated from the United States, Shea noted.

Shere received a bachelor of science in biology and chemistry in 1981, a doctor of veterinary medicine in 1987, and a master of science in education with a minor in counseling in 1988, all from Iowa State University.

He received a doctoral degree in poultry science and microbiology in 2001 from the University of Wisconsin, and practiced veterinary clinical medicine for three years in Georgia.

–The Hagstrom Report

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