Dr. Robert Stout of Versailles has been named Kentucky's state veterinarian by the Kentucky Board of Agriculture.Dr. Stout joined the Kentucky Department of Agriculture on July 1, 2003, in a homeland security position funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture."I commend the state Board of Agriculture on selecting such an outstanding veterinarian to this vital position," Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer said. "You only have to pick up a newspaper to understand that Kentucky's livestock industry is threatened by numerous diseases that could endanger the livelihoods of thousands of Kentucky farmers. Kentucky is a national leader in disease surveillance, and Dr. Stout is the right choice to help us maintain our leadership position."In his former position with the Department, Stout conducted presentations and training sessions on bio-security and disaster preparedness. Earlier in 2003, Stout worked with the task force charged with eradicating Exotic Newcastle Disease in California as a supervisor of animal movement and permits. He served on the disaster preparedness committee with the Kentucky Veterinary Medical Association, for which he was secretary-treasurer for 12 years.Stout is a graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture and the veterinary school at Ohio State University. He has been an equine and cattle practitioner in Versailles since 1974.A native of Indiana, Stout has lived in Versailles since 1962 except for his term at OSU and an internship at the University of Georgia.Dr. Stout replaces Dr. Don Notter of Harrodsburg, who served as Kentucky's state veterinarian for 16 years.
The Office of the State Veterinarian enforces state and federal regulations on livestock movement; maintains animal health records, livestock dealer licenses and other records; supervises and inspects livestock dealers, cattle assembly points and livestock service providers; and performs other duties.