Lansing – A Michigan native who currently lives in Missouri is set to become Michigan’s new state veterinarian.

The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development says Nora Wineland will replace James Averill, who’s the agency’s deputy director.

Wineland currently lives in Missouri, but she’ll relocate to Michigan and assume her state veterinarian duties on Nov. 5.

Agriculture and Rural Development Director Gordon Wenk says Wineland brings a “commitment to protecting animal health” and a “deep understanding of federal regulations which is important to Michigan’s farmers and ranchers.”

She received her bachelor’s degree in veterinary science and her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine from Michigan State University. She also earned her master’s degree from Colorado State University.

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