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Dr. Jack A. Shere Reassigned


Dr. Jack Shere, Associate Administrator of USDA-APHIS has been assigned to a Senior Leader role in which he will recruit veterinarians and suitably qualified candidates for the Agency.  He will work directly with colleges, universities and schools of veterinary medicine to consider careers with APHIS.


No reason was provided for this change which comes at a time of challenge for APHIS with an upsurge in HPAI and an ever-present risk of introduction of African swine fever from the Caribbean.


Dr. Shere earned a BS in biology and chemistry in 1981, a DVM in 1987 and an MS in education in 1988.  He was awarded a PhD in poultry science and in microbiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 2001.


In his career with APHIS, he progressed from a veterinary medical officer through successive positions of responsibility including regional directorships for both the Western and the Eastern Regions of APHIS.  His extensive experience includes control of SE, LPAI, END, and HPAI.


In an announcement by Michael Watson, acting APHIS administrator, Dr. Donna Lalli will be appointed as an Associate Administrator of the Agency working with the Administrator Kevin Shea.  Since 2021 Dr. Lalli served as the Associate Deputy Administrator for Wildlife Services.


Lukewarm recognition for the contributions by Dr. Shere was apparent in the announcement circulated by Dr. Watson.  The effort and contribution of Dr. Shere over his 40 year career is recognized without reserve by EGG-NEWS, the poultry industry and the veterinary profession.