Nebraska Department of Agriculture appoints new state veterinarian


Roger Dudley, DVM, will use his considerable background in veterinary medicine, understanding of animal epidemiology, and leadership abilities to fulfill this role.

Roger Dudley, DVM. (Photo courtesy of the NDA).

Roger Dudley, DVM. (Photo courtesy of the NDA).

Steve Wellman, director of the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) announced Roger Dudley, DVM, has been named state veterinarian.

“Dr. Dudley has extensive experience in veterinary medicine, an excellent understanding of animal epidemiology, and outstanding leadership skills,” said Wellman, in an organizational release.

“He already has established relationships with veterinarians throughout the state and with USDA officials. He is the best person for the job of keeping Nebraska’s livestock healthy and safe,” he added.

Dudley has worked for NDA since 2011, serving as state epidemiologist and deputy state veterinarian. He succeeds Dennis Hughes, DVM, who retired in December 2021.

After attending the University of Nebraska–Lincoln in pre-veterinary science, Dudley earned his Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Kansas State University. Before working for Nebraska, he worked at the Gothenburg Animal Hospital from 1996 to 2011. Dudley worked his way up the ranks from associate veterinarian to owning and managing the business. Additionally, Dudley has experience in the veterinary medicine field in Iowa and Minnesota.

“Veterinary medicine is my career and my passion,” said Dudley. “I look forward to continuing my work with the Nebraska Department of Agriculture and taking on this leadership role to help protect the livestock industry.”

According to the release, Dudley participated in leadership and management training programs including the PeopleFirst Leadership Certification Program at the State of Nebraska and the Beef Cattle Production Management Series at Great Plains Veterinary Education Center at Clay Center, Nebraska, during his career.


NDA announces hiring of Dr. Roger Dudley as state veterinarian. News release. Nebraska Department of Agriculture. February 23, 2022. Accessed February 24, 2022.

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