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National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) reports:

Dr. Anna Forseth this week began her duties as NPPC director of animal health, a newly created position that will focus on foreign animal disease prevention and preparedness, as well as antibiotic use and resistance issues.

A Montana native who grew up on the family's farrow-to-finish swine operation near Three Forks, Forseth received a bachelor's degree in animal science from Montana State University, her DVM from Colorado State University and a master's in veterinary preventive medicine from Iowa State University.

Prior to joining NPPC, she was a program veterinarian for the Montana Department of Livestock, overseeing foreign animal disease preparedness, including grant projects, the Secure Food Supply, the Swine Health Improvement Plan, One Health activities and disease programs. While earning her master's degree,

Forseth was a research associate at Iowa State's Swine Medicine Education Center and a veterinarian for Smithfield Foods at its hog production operation in Algona, IA. She completed student internships with Pipestone Veterinary Services in Pipestone, MN, and with the National Pork Board in Des Moines, IA. In 2010, she was the recipient of an NPPC-CME Group college scholarship. The program is for students who intend to pursue careers in the U.S. pork industry.

Forseth reports to Andrew Bailey, NPPC's science and technology legal counsel, and works out of the organization's Washington, DC, office.

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