Dr. Patty Klein has been selected to replace Dr. Dean Goeldner as the new CWD program manager for the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service effective June 21, 2010.

Dr. Klein has served as a Senior Staff Veterinarian and Avian Disease Specialist at the USDA/APHIS/Veterinary Services- National Center for Animal Health Programs, Riverdale, MD working as a National Program Coordinator for Notifiable Avian Influenza (H5/H7 LPAI and HPAI) disease control and prevention in commercial poultry and live bird marketing systems.

From 2002-2005 she served as a Commander in the USPHS Commissioned Corps working as a Senior Staff Regulatory Veterinarian at the FDA/Center for Food Safety and Nutrition, College Park, MD addressing FDA regulatory and policy issues on food safety pertaining to MAP (Mycobacterium avium paratuberculosis), Chronic Wasting Disease, Salmonella, and Avian Influenza.

From 1995-2001, Dr. Klein worked as a veterinary pathologist for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in wildlife disease and toxicology, and in clinical care of endangered avian species.

Dr. Klein has been the Veterinary Consultant for Second Chance Wildlife Center in Maryland since 2001 providing veterinary care to over 4000 wildlife rehabilitation animals per year including songbirds, waterfowl, raptors, reptiles, and small mammals.

Dr. Klein is a graduate of University of Pennsylvania, School of Veterinary Medicine (1988). She earned her Master’s Degree in Toxicology at St. John’s University, New York and completed a post-doctorate fellowship in comparative Pathology at The John’s Hopkins University School of Medicine following her Residency in Avian Medicine and Pathology at U.C. Davis, School of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Klein is Board Certified in American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine (ACVPM 2002) and in the American College of Poultry Veterinarians (ACPV 1992).

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