NPPC names assistant director of science and technology

The National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) has named Dr Daniel Kovich as assistant director of science and technology, focusing on food and feed safety and animal handling issues.

Kovich started November 17, and will be located in NPPC's Washington office, reporting to NPPC Chief Veterinarian Dr Liz Wagstrom. Kovich comes to NPPC from the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, where he managed state animal welfare and control programmes, including animal control officer training and technical support, animal care inspection services, emergency animal sheltering and regulatory enforcement activity. He previously was staff veterinarian for animal health and welfare in the department's Office of Veterinary Services and served as a foreign animal disease diagnostician.

Kovich received a bachelor's degree in animal science from Iowa State University and earned a master's degree in public health and a doctorate in veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota.

"NPPC is very pleased Dr. Kovich is joining our staff," said NPPC CEO Neil Dierks. "His background, knowledge and skills make him a valuable resource for US pork producers and the US pork industry."

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