Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor | Richard A. Ball, Commissioner
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September 16, 2014

Commissioner Recognizes Two Division of Animal Industry Employees as National Leaders in the Field of Veterinary Medicine

Smith Chico
Dr. David Smith and Dr. David M. Chico

State Agriculture Commissioner Richard A. Ball today recognized two veterinarians within the Division of Animal Industry who have been chosen by their peers to serve as national leaders. State Veterinarian David Smith, DVM and David M. Chico, VMD, M.P.H., are both elected in leadership positions in national organizations.

“This is just another example of our agency’s presence on a national scale,” said Commissioner Ball.  “Staff within our Division of Animal Industry are looked upon for their expertise and leadership at both the state and national levels, and it’s incredible to see that national organizations have recognized this.”

This past summer, State Veterinarian Dr. David Smith was recently elected to a two-year term Vice President of the United States Animal Health Association’s Northeast Region at the organization’s annual meeting.  Dr. David M. Chico currently serves as President of the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs.

Dr. David Smith is the Director of the Division of the Animal Industry at the Department of Agriculture and Markets. As Director he supervises a team of professionals that promote sustainable animal production agriculture and the safety of the animal origin food supply. The Division also seeks to detect, control and eradicate communicable diseases in food and fiber producing animals, administers inspections at municipal dog shelters, and inspects the health of livestock at agricultural fairs.

As Vice President of the Northeastern United States Animal Health Association, Dr. Smith helps to lead a forum for communication and coordination among state and federal governments, universities, industry and many others on the issues of animal health and disease control, animal well-being, food safety and public health.  In this capacity, Dr. Smith represents the animal health interests in the states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont. The United States Animal Health Association has been the nation’s animal health forum for over a century.  They are a science-based, non-profit, voluntary organization with over 1,100 members.

Dr. Smith has served as the State Veterinarian at the Department of Agriculture and Markets since 2010.  Prior to his current position, he served as Assistant State Veterinarian from 2007 to 2010.  From 2004 to 2007, he was the Assistant Area Veterinarian in Charge for USDA APHIS Veterinary Services.  Dr. Smith holds a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from Colorado State University.

Dr. David M. Chico currently serves as the President of the National Alliance of State Animal and Agricultural Emergency Programs. This organization is a nationwide collaborative alliance of state programs charged with planning, preparing for, and responding to disasters involving animals. One of the primary goals of the organization is to provide communication and networking to facilitate information sharing and planning at all levels, with focus on building local capacity since all disasters begin and end locally.

Dr. Chico has a degree in toxicology from the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, a Degree in Veterinary Medicine from the University of Pennsylvania, and a M.P.H. from the University at Albany.

For more information about the work of the Department of Agriculture and Markets’ Division of Animal Industry, please visit

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