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Nolan Hartwig, Veterinary Diagnostic and Production Animal Medicine, (515) 294-8790
Richard Ross, Veterinary Medicine, (515) 294-1250
Phyllis Peters, Veterinary Medicine, (515) 294-4602
Steve Jones, News Service, (515) 294-4778


AMES, Iowa -- Dr. Nolan R. Hartwig, head of veterinary extension at Iowa State University, has been named chair of the department of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine in ISU's College of Veterinary Medicine.

The appointment, announced by Richard F. Ross, dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine, makes Hartwig the first person to chair the newly named and restructured department. The new department was created through a merger of three areas within the college -- the diagnostic laboratory, veterinary extension and the production animal medicine section of clinical sciences.

"These three areas are on the front-line of serving the specialized needs of the livestock industry in Iowa and the U.S.," Ross said. "By selecting Dr. Hartwig as chair, this vital department will continue to grow and, as a college, we'll realize our vision, which is to offer the very best in livestock teaching, research and outreach."

The new department has 34 faculty and 100 staff members who teach and conduct diagnostic, applied research, outreach and service programs that benefit the livestock industry of the state and nation.

"It really brings together the full package for production animal medicine," Hartwig explained. "Within the department of veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine, we identify the problem from the diagnostic side, then work with the veterinary practitioner to provide solutions or remedies from the medicine side. But just as important are the management strategies and on- going information provided by our faculty, all of which affect the health of the herd and the producer's profitability.

"This is an exciting time for the College of Veterinary Medicine, and I can't think of a better place to be than in the leadership of this department," Hartwig said. "Our new structure emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach. By integrating team research, teaching and service programs, we already see that we are bringing a wider range of expertise to bear on disease and animal problems in the food production industry."

Hartwig has been on the College of Veterinary Medicine faculty and has been in charge of extension veterinary medicine since 1983. He accepted a broader assignment in 1995-96 when he served as interim vice provost and director for the ISU Extension Service.

Earlier this year Hartwig was appointed to the Animal Health Advisory Committee for the American Farm Bureau. He specializes in beef, dairy and sheep medicine and currently serves as interim director of the Iowa Beef Center at ISU.

Hartwig is a 1964 graduate of Iowa State's College of Veterinary Medicine. After five years in private veterinary practice in Perry, he worked on the regulatory side with the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. He earned a master's degree in preventive medicine from Ohio State University in 1973 and is board certified as a diplomate in the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine. Hartwig was on the faculty in the department of veterinary preventive medicine at Ohio State University from 1974 to 1983.


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