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Dr. Konkle Named Assistant State Veterinarian

Dr. Darlene Konkle has been named as Wisconsin's Assistant State Veterinarian and
bureau director of animal disease control for the Division of Animal Health in the Department of
Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection.

"In her current role, Dr. Konkle has forged strong relationships with industry leaders, stakeholders and
partners that will serve the agency well," said Wisconsin State Veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw in
making the announcement today. "Couple that with her broad knowledge of all division programs and
private practice experience and we have a strong team making sure we are prepared to deal with any
possible animal health issue,"

Konkle has overseen the division's veterinary emergency management program since 2007, where she
monitors 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) disease
program, she was in private practice and academia for 12 years in Wisconsin, Montana, Kentucky and
Saskatchewan, Canada.

"I'm enthusiastic about working with Dr. McGraw and division staff to continue strengthening our
programs 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's
degree in meat and animal science as well as her DVM from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She
also completed a residency in large animal internal medicine and a master's degree in respiratory
physiology at UW-Madison.

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