RALEIGH – Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently promoted Dr Michael P. Martin to the post of State Veterinarian. Martin previously served as the Poultry Section Manager for the Veterinary Division since 2012. In this role, he oversaw all poultry program operations within the North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Martin replaces Dr Doug Meckes, who is retiring at the end of this month.
“Dr. Martin brings a wealth of expertise, both scientific and regulatory, to his new role. In fact, he is probably one of the most qualified candidates to handle the science of the state veterinarian position. said Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler. “Livestock accounts for nearly 70 percent of farm cash receipts in North Carolina. We rank first in the country for cash receipts from poultry and eggs, second for hogs and hogs as well as turkeys. I am confident in Dr. Martin’s ability to be a strong leader for our livestock industry.
Martin graduated in 1997 from the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California at Davis. He also received a master’s degree in preventive veterinary medicine in 1999 and a residency in poultry medicine in 2001, both at UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine. After several years as an Assistant Professor of Animal Sciences at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and as a Principal Investigator at Embrex Inc., at Research Triangle Park, Dr. Martin joined the faculty of the North Carolina State College of Veterinary Medicine as as Assistant Professor of Population Health and Pathobiology. In 2012, Martin became Associate Professor of Population Health and Pathobiology and held this position until 2012, when he joined the department.
Troxler has also appointed Dr. Catherine Harris of Raeford as the Director of Breeding Programs for the Veterinary Division. Harris has worked as a Commercial Production Veterinarian at Smithfield Hog Production since 2011. Prior to her position at Smithfield, she was an Associate Veterinarian at Integrated Dairy Services located in Texas and New Mexico. Harris graduated from NC State University College of Veterinary Medicine with a doctorate in veterinary medicine. She has also received certification from the Executive Veterinary Program for Swine Health Management at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana.
“Dr. Harris is familiar with animal production systems, experienced in working with breeders and veterinarians, and will bring an industry perspective to the veterinary division,” Troxler said. “She is well qualified for her role. in leading our animal health programs and the perfect complement to Dr. Martin’s position We believe our livestock industry will be well served by having these resources within the department.
Martin begins his post on August 1. Harris begins his new role on July 26.