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March 28, 2016
Department Selects Dr. Charles Broaddus as State Veterinarian, Director of the Division of Animal and Food Industry Services
Contact: Elaine Lidholm, 804.786.7686

The Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (VDACS) recently selected Dr. Charles C. Broaddus as State Veterinarian and Director of the Division of Animal and Food Industry Services (AFIS). He will begin his new duties May 11.

Dr. Broaddus came to VDACS in 2009 as Program Manager of the Office of Veterinary Services. Prior to joining the Agency, he worked in private practice and in academia. His undergraduate degree is in Economics from the University of Virginia, and he holds a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M) degree from Auburn University, where he also completed a dairy internship. He also holds a PhD in veterinary clinical sciences from Oklahoma State University, where he completed a theriogenology residency (animal reproduction).

Broaddus is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Virginia Veterinary Medical Association and currently serves in the Army Reserves, Veterinary Corps.

“I am delighted to welcome Dr. Broaddus to his new position within the Agency,” said Sandra J. Adams, Commissioner. “His practical hands-on experience in working with agriculture clients, his background in all aspects of animal health, his experience with animal-disease response and his enthusiastic commitment to Virginia agriculture will be a tremendous asset as State Veterinarian.”

The Division of Animal and Food Industry Services is comprised of the State Veterinarian’s Office and specialized programs in Laboratory Services, Veterinary Services, Meat and Poultry Services, Dairy and Foods, and Animal Care and Emergency Response. The Division oversees such diverse functions as meat inspection, animal health and welfare, food inspection, livestock disease prevention and eradication, emergency planning and food security.

Dr. Broaddus lives in Hanover County with his wife, Dr. Kristy Broaddus, a veterinary surgeon, and their three children.

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