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UDAF Hires New State Veterinarian

(Salt Lake City) – Utah Department of Agriculture and Food (UDAF) Commissioner Kerry Gibson welcomes Dean Taylor as the agency’s new State Veterinarian.

“Dr. Taylor is a trusted and respected veterinarian in Utah’s agriculture and equine communities,” said Gibson. “His extensive background in veterinary medicine is evident in his clinical work, but I have also been impressed with his engagement in higher education – ensuring the next generation of veterinarians are prepared to carry on the work he is passionate about.”

Taylor comes to UDAF after 25 years of running Aspen Grove Veterinary Clinic in West Haven. For many years his clinic cared for all large animals until the demand for his services led to specializing in horses alone.

Dr. Dean Taylor

Dr. Dean Taylor

“I’m excited to be joining UDAF in safeguarding the health of Utah’s animal industry,” said Taylor. “I’ve worked many years in the industry and look forward to continuing that in a new capacity as the State Veterinarian.”

A 1991 graduate of Colorado State University, Taylor launched his career at a mixed practice in Evanston, Wyoming. Following that he married and moved to Utah to work for larger veterinarian practice before starting his own.

His work outside his clinic has also been noted, having served actively in several professional organizations. One of which is a national student relations committee that awards the Winner’s Circle Scholarships to the top students in their final year of veterinary school.