April 28, 2006 -- ?I am pleased to announce that I have selected Elizabeth Lautner, DVM, as the new director of the U.S. Department of Agriculture?s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL),? announced John Clifford, DVM, APHIS deputy administrator.
Lautner brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to this position. Most recently, she served as center director, Plum Island Animal Disease Center (PIADC) within the science and technology directorate of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). She was the first DHS center director.
?In recent years, NVSL has faced a number of critical challenges ? the combined services initiative, intense activity related to BSE and the increasing attention being paid to avian influenza are but a few. In spite of increasing demands and scrutiny, NVSL has long enjoyed a reputation as a world class laboratory. I am confident that under Lautner's skilled and seasoned leadership, NVSL will continue its outstanding work,? concluded Clifford.
It is great to see APHIS appoint someone as well qualified as Lautner. Having spent a number of years with the National Pork Council and as a practicing veterinarian before that, she understands industry issues,? stated Jim Logan, DVM, chairman of the American Sheep Industry Association health committee from Wyoming.
Lautner will assume her new role on May 7, 2006.