Naig: New Assistant State Veterinarian Hired to Focus on Companion Animal Programs

DES MOINES, Iowa (May 23, 2019) — Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig today announced Katie Rumsey, DVM, has been hired as an Assistant State Veterinarian at the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship. Dr. Rumsey will support State Veterinarian Dr. Kaisand and will oversee companion animal regulatory programs. A second assistant state veterinarian will focus on production animal programs.   

“Animal care is a priority for our Department. Adding an assistant state veterinarian position will increase capacity and focus on companion animal health and well-being,” said Secretary Naig. “We are excited to have Dr. Rumsey join our team. Her passion and experience caring for small animals will provide great leadership for our veterinarians and staff who are focused on the health and safety of companion animals within our state.” 

Dr. Rumsey will work with Dr. Kaisand to oversee the companion animal programs. She will also work with the Department’s inspectors to monitor regulated companion animals.

“The Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship is responsible for ensuring animals receive veterinary care and proper food, water and shelter, and we take those responsibilities very seriously,” said Dr. Kaisand. “We are grateful to have Dr. Rumsey leading the efforts to promote animal health and well-being in regulated companion animal facilities around the state.”

Dr. Rumsey joins the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship with more than 14 years of experience in small animal medical care and surgical procedures. She is accustomed to consulting with animal owners on preventative health, medical care, behavior issues and husbandry practices. 

Dr. Rumsey is a graduate the Iowa State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She recently completed a Master of Public Health degree through the University of Iowa.


About the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship

Led by Secretary Mike Naig, the Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship serves the rural and urban residents that call Iowa home. Through its 14 diverse bureaus, the Department ensures animal health, food safety and consumer protection. It also promotes conservation efforts to preserve our land and enhance water quality for the next generation. Learn more at

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