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Governor re-appoints Alexandrian to animal health board

Governor Tim Pawlenty announced on Friday the reappointment of John Whitten, D.V.M., to the Board of Animal Health.

Whitten, of Alexandria, is an owner and partner in the Alexandria Veterinary Clinic P.A. He has been a licensed veterinarian in Minnesota for more than 26 years.

Whitten received a bachelor of science degree in zoology from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and a doctor of veterinary medicine degree from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Michigan State University in East Lansing.

Whitten is reappointed as a veterinarian member to the board for a four-year term that expires January 7, 2013.

The Board of Animal Health oversees numerous voluntary and mandatory programs that focus on controlling and eradicating animal diseases in Minnesota.

The board consists of five members appointed by the governor.