Peter Mundschenk has been promoted to Arizona’s state veterinarian by Arizona Department of Agriculture (ADA) Director Mark Killian.
Mundschenk previously served as the acting state veterinarian, replacing Perry Durham who left ADA last year.
As the state vet, Mundschenk is responsible for the prevention and tracking of animal diseases; many of which are a threat to public health through the food system and spreading through other close contact or vectors including mosquitoes and flies.
The state veterinarian also provides veterinary oversight for meat and poultry inspections.
Killian says, “One of the top priorities for our state is having a strong State Veterinarian. I know Dr. Mundschenk is the right person to support the agriculture industry, livestock businesses, and the production of animal food in our state.”
Since joining the ADA last year, Mundschenk created a program to protect the public and industry from avian influenza. The program includes staffing and funding for an outreach program to educate people with backyard chickens, ducks, geese, and exotic birds.
People often are in close contact in small poultry operations creating a risk of catching diseases that affect people and animals.
“Dr. Mundschenk’s professional history shows a deep dedication to all animal health,” says Leatta McLaughlin of the ADA’s animal services division.
“After starting his own private practice working with large and small animals, he’s worked with federal, state, and local governments establishing animal health programs to protect animals and the public.”
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