Beth Lautner, DVM, Johnston, IA, has been named director of the Agriculture Department’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s National Veterinary Services Laboratory (NVSL) in Ames, IA.

Most recently she served as director of the Plum Island (NY) Animal Disease Center and before that was vice president for science and technology at the National Pork Board.

NVSL is comprised of several testing laboratories that diagnose domestic and foreign animal diseases and provide diagnostic support for disease control and eradication programs.