The Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) is announcing the retirement of State Veterinarian Dr. Dennis Hughes.
He started working for NDA in 1990 as a veterinary field officer and became state veterinarian in 2005. Hughes’ last day with NDA will be December 30.
“As state veterinarian, Dr. Hughes has been instrumental in keeping Nebraska livestock healthy
and the state’s agricultural industry strong,” said NDA Director Steve Wellman. “We want to
thank Dr. Hughes for his years in public service and for his leadership at the state and national
level. His dedication to agriculture and the livestock and poultry industry will be remembered.”
During his tenure at NDA, Dr. Hughes enforced state and federal livestock programs and became
proficient in animal disease diagnostics. As a field veterinarian, Hughes was instrumental in the
eradication of pseudorabies and brucellosis from Nebraska swine and cattle herds. As Nebraska
state veterinarian, Dr. Hughes led several animal disease response events of concern to the
livestock and poultry industry including avian influenza and bovine tuberculosis.
Prior to his work at NDA, Dr. Hughes worked in two private large-animal practices in northeast
Nebraska. He started his own practice in Battle Creek, Nebraska, and worked there until 1990
when he began his career in state government.
During his more than 30 years of employment with NDA, Dr. Hughes served as a member of the
Livestock Emergency Disease Response System Veterinary Corps, the American Veterinary
Medical Association, the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, the National Association of
State Animal Health Officials, and the United States Animal Health Association.
Deputy State Veterinarian Dr. Roger Dudley will lead NDA’s animal health team until a new
state veterinarian is named.