NC State Veterinary Medicine Grad Named U.S. Chief Veterinary Officer

Rosemary Sifford, a 2000 graduate of NC State College of Veterinary Medicine, has been named assistant administrator of the Department of Agriculture Animal and Phytosanitary Inspection Service and Chief Veterinary Officer of the United States. The appointment is effective from August 1st.

The announcement was made by APHIS Administrator Kevin Shea.

Since 2020, Sifford has been the deputy assistant administrator of APHIS’s animal care program. Before joining animal care, she was deputy head of the veterinary service.

Sifford began her career with APHIS in 1997 as a Saul T. Wilson Fellow and has held a number of positions within the agency, including as an agricultural quarantine veterinarian for the plant health and quarantine program.

Sifford also holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science from NC State.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service protects the health of US agriculture and natural resources from invasive pests and diseases, regulates genetically modified plants, manages the animal welfare law, and certifies the health of US agricultural exports.

APHIS also oversees the National Bio and Agro-Defense Facility (NBAF) Scientist Training Program scholarship, which provides financial assistance and mentoring for those seeking advanced degrees in areas such as molecular biology and virology.

Two CVM students have received the scholarship since its inception in 2018. Grayson Walker has been named a Fellow Earlier this year and Amanda Kortum received the honor in 2019. The Fellows pledge to work at the NBAF’s Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory upon graduation.

~ Steve Volstad / NC State Veterinary Medicine