Dr. Darlene Konkle has been named as Wisconsin's Assistant State Veterinarian andbureau director of animal disease control for the Division of Animal Health in the Department ofAgriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.
"In her current role, Dr. Konkle has forged strong relationships with industry leaders, stakeholders andpartners that will serve the agency well," said Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw inmaking the announcement today. "Couple that with her broad knowledge of all division programs andprivate practice experience and we have a strong team making sure we are prepared to deal with anypossible animal health issue,"
Konkle has overseen the division's veterinary emergency management program since 2007, where shemonitors foreign animal diseases and helps the state prepare for potential disease outbreak responses.Prior to joining the department in 2005 as part of the agency's Johne's (pronounced yo-knees) diseaseprogram, she was in private practice and academia for 12 years in Wisconsin, Montana, Kentucky andSaskatchewan, Canada.
"I'm enthusiastic about working with Dr. McGraw and division staff to continue strengthening ourprograms and relationships that will protect Wisconsin's animal and public health," Konkle said.A native of Freedom, a small town between Appleton and Green Bay, Konkle received her bachelor'sdegree in meat and animal science as well as her DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Shealso completed a residency in large animal internal medicine and a master's degree in respiratoryphysiology at UW-Madison.
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