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Board of Animal Health names new state director

Beth Thompson succeeds Bill Hartmann following his retirement in early June.

April 18, 2016

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The Minnesota Board of Animal Health recently interviewed candidates for an executive director and state veterinarian to succeed Bill Hartmann following his retirement in early June.

The board announced it has selected Beth Thompson for the position. She accepted the offer and will work with Hartmann during his final weeks to ensure a smooth transition of leadership at the board.


Thompson is currently an assistant director at the board and primarily oversees the swine and emergency planning operations. She earned her DVM and swine medicine certification from the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine in 2007. After graduation, she spent more than a year as a swine production system veterinarian for Holden Farms in Northfield.

She also holds a JD from the William Mitchell College of Law, and comes from an agricultural background. Her brother and nephew are the fourth and fifth generation on the family farm.

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