Kaisand named acting state veterinarian

Dr. Jeff Kaisand of rural Union, who has served as the assistant state veterinarian since 2013, has been named the interim head of the department and will take over on January 10 as a result of the retirement of current State Veterinarian David Schmitt.


Kaisand, a Union native who graduated from Union-Whitten High School in 1985, has also practiced privately in Melbourne and Baxter and spent 13 years working for Iowa Select Farms. His wife Heidi owns and operates Hen and Chicks Studio in Conrad, and their three children, Henry, Goldie and Virginia, all attend BCLUW schools. The Kaisands raise cattle and sheep at their farm.


The state veterinarian’s office is charged with licensing and regulating animal welfare facilities including commercial dog breeders, horse breeders, kennels, pet shops, pounds and shelters. It also enforces the dangerous wild animal codes, which prohibits Iowans from owning certain creatures, and has the authority to quarantine facilities. 


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