June 13, 2018: Nancy Barr and James Kober were appointed as Assistant State Veterinarians at the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Animal Industry Division by State Veterinarian James Averill on Thursday, June 7, 2018. Barr and Kober succeed Nancy Frank and Rick Smith, who retired. Barr will lead the ruminant programs (cattle, sheep, goats, and farmed deer) within the division, which includes the Bovine Tuberculosis Program. Barr has more than twenty-one years of combined veterinary experience. After starting her career at a small animal clinic, she began working at MDARD as a Field Veterinarian. During the past nineteen years, she has held many posts, including Program Manager for the Poultry, Emergency Management, and the Swine Programs. She was most recently the Acting Field Staff Supervisor of fourteen Field Staff Members, including Veterinarians and Field Inspectors. Barr received a bachelor of Science degree in zoology from Michigan State University (MSU) and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from MSU’s College Veterinary of Medicine. Kober will lead the non-ruminant programs (cats, dogs, horses, pigs, and aquaculture). He has more than thirty years of experience in the veterinary field. He started at the Bergman Veterinary Medical Center in 1987 with a primary focus on swine. Since then, he has worked for Swine Health Services and Four Star Veterinary Service, which includes a partnership of six swine practices from the states of Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and North Carolina. In his most recent position, he was the owner of Swine Veterinary Services of Michigan. Kober received a bachelor of science degree in animal science from Michigan State University and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from MSU’s College of Veterinary Medicine.