South Dakota's state vet moves to National Pork Board
Oedekoven plans to join the National Pork Board on Feb. 25.
DES MOINES, IOWA — Dustin Oedekoven is leaving his posts as South Dakota's state veterinarian and executive secretary for the South Dakota Animal Industry Board to serve as the National Pork Board's new chief veterinarian.
Oedekoven plans to join the National Pork Board on Feb. 25. He will lead a team of veterinarians and swine production experts in Pork Checkoff-funded work to deliver on the No. 1 concern for pork producers — foreign animal disease preparedness and protecting the U.S. herd from African swine fever.
In his roles in South Dakota, Oedekoven provided strategic leadership and direction for the state’s animal health agency — a seven-member, governor-appointed board of livestock producers with responsibility for all animal health programs and disease control efforts in the state. He received his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Iowa State University and Bachelor of Science degree from South Dakota State University.
The National Pork Board also announced that Patrick Webb now will serve as the organization's assistant chief veterinarian and Brett Kaysen, who most recently served as the senior vice president of sustainability for NPB, has taken on the role of senior vice president of producer and state engagement.