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State Veterinarian Taylor Woods
Receives National Award

Dr. Taylor WoodsMissouri's state veterinarian Dr. Taylor Woods, a 1959 graduate of the MU College of Veterinary Medicine, has been awarded the 2010 James A. Graham Award for Outstanding Service to Agriculture by the National Association of State Departments of Agriculture. This prestigious national honor recognizes the contributions of one individual for service to agriculture.

For more than 30 years, Woods has led efforts to protect Missouri's livestock from disease. His expertise has helped the state gain recognition throughout the world as a producer of quality livestock.

Woods embraces both his roles as Missouri's State Veterinarian and Director of the Department of Agriculture's Animal Health Division. With nearly 100,000 animals moving into and out of the state each week, it is critical that Missouri's livestock remains disease free. Woods continues to guide his staff to constantly monitor the interstate and intrastate movement of livestock for disease outbreaks and risks as they venture through Missouri's network of over 70 livestock markets.

Taylor Woods has been the state's top veterinarian twice, with a total tenure of nearly 20 years leading the Animal Health Division. During these two tenures as State Veterinarian, Woods has led Missouri to the forefront of the U.S. agricultural industry. With a career in large animal veterinary medicine and animal health regulation spanning a half century, Woods brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to his position. He has spent his entire career developing procedures and policies to indentify and combat tuberculosis, pseudorabies, avian influenza and dozens of other diseases that could threaten the viability of Missouri's livestock industry. He led the charge in eliminating the last positive brucellosis herds in the state and Missouri was granted a bovine brucellosis free status in May 2004. He has been instrumental in obtaining a pseudorabies-free status in both Missouri and Arkansas. Woods also developed the Equine Infection Anemia programs in Missouri and Arkansas, which have been instrumental in the reduction of positive equines and still a valuable asset to the eradication of the disease.

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