Animal Health Update: Issue 20


Issue 20

Veterinarians Wanted:

Animal Industry Division Now Hiring


Come join our team! The Animal Industry Division is looking for two Assistant State Veterinarians. We are seeking individuals with leadership experience who are great team players and have a passion for communicating to the public to help protect, regulate, and promote animal health in Michigan. 

The openings are for an Assistant State Veterinarian who would be in charge of Non-Ruminant Programs and an Assistant State Veterinarian who would be in charge of Ruminant Programs. Both positions assist with the development and enforcement of laws and policies, as well as supervise activities that pertain to the health and welfare of animals in Michigan. Both positions are based in Lansing, Michigan, and the deadline to apply is April 15, 2018. 

To apply for the Non-Ruminant Program Manager position or for more information, visit To apply for the Ruminant Program Manager Position or for more information, visit If you are considering applying for both positions, please submit an application for each position.

New Reportable Disease Category

What does "Monitored" mean?


The new Michigan Reportable Animal Disease List features a new format that categorizes diseases as either emergency, regulatory or monitored. Monitored diseases are being recorded by AID solely for tracking purposes, to ensure we know the status of a disease and to monitor trends. They should be reported to MDARD within 30 days. When reporting a monitored disease, the lab report is enough information, and AID automatically receives lab reports from Michigan State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL). However, if you are using a lab other than VDL, forward your lab reports to us on a monthly basis when reporting monitored diseases.

Thank You for Your Service

Assistant State Veterinarians Retiring

Dr. Nancy Frank

Nancy Frank

Dr. Nancy Frank has been an integral member of the Animal Industry Division for 30 years. Besides serving as the Assistant State Veterinarian, Dr. Frank has served in numerous other roles in AID, including program manager, operations manager, bovine tuberculosis coordinator, and acting state veterinarian. During her tenure at AID, she has seen the eradication of the swine pseudorabies virus and the re-emergence of bovine tuberculosis. In addition to program and administrative roles, Dr. Frank has served in leadership positions in the U.S. Animal Health Association, the American Veterinary Medical Association, and the Michigan Veterinary Medical Association. She has supported student education as an adjunct faculty member at the Michigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine, encouraging students to consider regulatory veterinary medicine as a career option. Dr. Frank is well known for her high level of integrity, customer service, and dedication day after day. We are privileged to have had the opportunity to work with her and will sorely miss her. We thank Dr. Frank for all her work over the years. 

Dr. Rick Smith

Rick Smith

Dr. Rick Smith is ready for a new chapter in his life after 40-plus years in the veterinary profession.  For the past 10 years he has been an important part of AID's Tuberculosis Program. As Assistant State Veterinarian and TB Program Coordinator, he has been front and center with changes and advancements of the program. He personally oversaw the development and implementation of biosecurity practices for 1,000 cattle farms in the northern portion of the Lower Peninsula. During his time with us, he has seen Michigan go from 15 to 79 counties being free of bovine tuberculosis. Dr. Smith’s leadership, hard work, and team player skills have been a great asset to the TB Program and the Department. For more than 20 years of his career, Dr. Smith worked as a veterinarian in Burkina Faso (West Africa). That experience and 11 years in private practice brought a level of practicality and worldly perspective to the job on a daily basis. Dr. Rick Smith is a 1975 graduate of Michigan State University. We wish him the best of luck in retirement, where he will never get tired of fishing and enjoying his lake house. Thanks for the memories and all you have done.

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Contact the Animal Industry Division:

Constitution Hall
525 West Allegan Street
6th Floor, P.O. Box 30017
Lansing, MI 48909


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