AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - Dr. Dee Ellis will be the new state veterinarian and executive director of the Texas Animal Health Commission.
The selection of Ellis was announced Tuesday during the commission's meeting in Austin. Ellis replaces Dr. Bob Hillman, who will retire Dec. 31 after seven years in the post.
The animal health commission regulates the health of the state's livestock and poultry.
Ellis oversaw the state's tuberculosis testing of dairies and purebred beef cattle. Texas regained its TB-free status in 2006.
He has been the commission's assistant state veterinarian for five years.
The 13 governor-appointed commissioners represent the public and the livestock and poultry industries.
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