Hampton native turns ag passion into impactful career: Dr. Dave Schmitt retires from position as State Veterinarian

Dr. Dave Schmitt and his wife, Connie Schmitt, hold a certificate celebrating Dave’s status as a life member of the Iowa Veterinary Medical Association. Dave, a Hampton native, retired from his position as the State Veterinarian earlier this month. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Dr. Dave Schmitt spent his career doing what anyone wishes to do: combine his passions with his career.

Schmitt, a native of rural Hampton, recently retired from his position as the State Veterinarian with the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship after 20 years with the department. The position allowed Schmitt to pursue his love of veterinary sciences while helping agricultural producers across the state.

He came to the department in 1999 as the Assistant State Veterinarian before ultimately being promoted State Veterinarian in 2007 by then Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey.

In the position, Schmitt oversaw licensing for auctions, markets, dealers and renderers for livestock and licensing for breeders, pet stores, shelters and pounds for companion animals. His department also worked with inspectors and federal and state partners such as the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Public Health, conducted disease detection practices and conducted conversations with state legislators.

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