Commissioner Putnam Appoints State Veterinarian

FDACS Seal_ColorDr. Mike Short to Serve as State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services

Tallahassee, FL – Florida Commissioner of Agriculture Adam Putnam announced today the appointment of Dr. Mike Short as the State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Industry at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Dr. Short was promoted to the position following the retirement of Dr. Thomas Holt.

“Dr. Short has more than 16 years of veterinary experience, 10 years of service at the department and an invaluable understanding of the agriculture community he will serve,” said Commissioner Putnam. “Dr. Short is a proven leader in the areas of livestock disease prevention, control and eradication and will lead our efforts to safeguard Florida’s agriculture industry and its livestock.”

As the State Veterinarian and Division Director of Animal Industry, Dr. Short is responsible for the department’s animal disease control and prevention efforts, which include investigating outbreaks, providing laboratory diagnostics and containing the spread of animal diseases. Dr. Short most recently worked as the department’s Bureau Chief of Animal Disease Control and served as the department’s equine specialist.

Dr. Short holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Florida and a doctorate degree in veterinary medicine from the University of Florida.

For more information about the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, visit www.FreshFromFlorida.com.


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