FRANKFORT  – The Kentucky State Board of Agriculture (SBA) has launched a national search for the position of Kentucky State Veterinarian following the retirement announcement of Dr. Robert Stout.

Prior to joining the KDA as the Homeland Security Coordinator in 2003, Stout had been an equine and large animal veterinarian since 1973. He was appointed  state veterinarian in February 2004.    

“I am incredibly grateful to Dr. Stout for serving as mentor and advisor to me during my time at the Kentucky Department of Agriculture,” Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles said. “Farmers and other agriculture-related representatives that make up the State Board of Agriculture have the authority to hire the State Veterinarian of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture. The State Board of Agriculture and the KDA look forward to casting a broad net to fill this critical animal health position.”

The Office of the State Veterinarian enforces state and federal regulations on livestock movement, administers animal health programs, responds to disease outbreaks, licenses stockyards and livestock dealers, and performs numerous other duties. 

The State Board of Agriculture appointed members from across the agricultural spectrum to serve on the search committee. The committee will consist of two employees of the KDA; four Kentucky State Board of Agriculture members; and one representative each from the Kentucky Cattlemen Association, the Kentucky Pork Producers Association, the Kentucky Poultry Federation, the Kentucky Dairy Development Council, the Kentucky Sheep and Goat Development Office, the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, and the state’s equine industry.

The State Veterinarian is the chief executive agent of the State Board of Agriculture and leads the KDA’s Office of State Veterinarian in its statutory and regulatory activities to prevent, control, and eradicate communicable diseases in the agricultural animal health sector.

 Specific duties of the State Veterinarian include:

•Represent the State Board of Agriculture as its chief executive agent

•Serve as the Executive Director of the Office of State Veterinarian

•Oversee all functions of the Office of State Veterinarian

•Ensure that statutes and regulations are enforced

•Participate on the Commissioner of Agriculture’s executive team

•Advise the Commissioner on issues involving animal health and other issues as requested

•Testify to legislative committees as requested

•Serve as a liaison to livestock and poultry organizations and leaders

•Participate on the Board of Directors of the United States Animal Health Association, the National Institute for Animal Agriculture, Southern Animal Health Association, and other animal health organizations.

 

The State Board of Agriculture requires that the successful candidate must have at least five years of experience in the practice of veterinary medicine and maintain current licensure with the Kentucky Board of Veterinary Examiners, USDA-APHIS Category II Accreditation, and a valid driver’s license. Preference may be given to candidates with regulatory experience in the management of animal health programs, epidemiology, emergency management/response, foreign animal disease investigations, and animal welfare regulations.

Applications will be accepted until Sept. 9, or until the position is filled. Stout intends to stay with the department until his successor is named. The proposed timeline for naming a replacement is the end of October.

 Applicants must submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to:

 Mark White, Director, Division of Human Resources

Kentucky Department of Agriculture

107 Corporate Drive

Frankfort, KY 40601