WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Dr. Elizabeth Parker has joined the National Cattlemen's Beef Association as its chief veterinarian in Washington, D.C.

"We're very excited to have Elizabeth come on board and fill the role as our animal health specialist," said NCBA's Vice President of Government Affairs Jay Truitt. "In addition to her vast experience as a practicing veterinarian, Elizabeth worked for many years on Capitol Hill, and she has a wealth of knowledge on the many political issues affecting our industry."

Parker's experience includes working as a professional staff member on the House Agriculture Committee and more recently as an international consultant for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.

"Growing up on a family farm in Abilene, Texas, Elizabeth knows first-hand the challenges our members face every day on their operations," says Truitt. "I'm confident she will prove to be an excellent resource for our members on animal health-related issues and a strong advocate of their priorities in Washington, D.C."

In her new capacity, Parker will focus on issues related to animal health, animal welfare and food safety and security, especially those being debated within government agencies and in Congress. She will also serve as a valuable asset as the U.S. beef industry continues to work toward normalizing trade in the foreign marketplace.

Parker holds Bachelor of Science degrees in Biomedical Science and Veterinary Science, and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, all from Texas A&M University. Parker joined the NCBA team Jan. 15.

The National Cattlemen's Beef Association is the largest organization representing America's cattle industry. Initiated in 1898, NCBA is the industry leader in education, influencing public policy to improve producer profitability and in preserving the industry's heritage and future. Efforts are made possible through membership contributions.

SOURCE: NCBA news release.