On May 7, Dr. Elizabeth Lautner became the new director of the National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, a component of the Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Dr. John R. Clifford, APHIS deputy administrator, said he selected Dr. Lautner to lead the laboratories because of her knowledge and experience. He said the NVSL faces increasing demands and scrutiny in meeting critical challenges such as avian influenza and bovine spongiform encephalopathy.
Most recently, Dr. Lautner was director of the Plum Island Animal Disease Center within the Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate. She also chaired the group that coordinates on-site diagnostic and research programs for the DHS, APHIS, and the USDA Agricultural Research Service.
Previously, Dr. Lautner served as vice president for science and technology at the National Pork Board. She was also in practice for more than 12 years, opening Swine Health Services in 1986 in LeMars, Iowa.
She graduated from Michigan State University in 1978.