FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TUESDAY, MARCH 18, 2008
||Dr. David Marshall, director
NCDA&CS Veterinary Division
Two veterinarians share NCDA&CS
Employee of the Month honors
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler, center, recognized Dr. Carol Woodlief, left,
and Dr. Karen Beck, right, with Employee of the Month honors. | Download high res version
RALEIGH – Dr. Karen Beck of Pinehurst and Dr. Carol Woodlief of Wake Forest were both honored as the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Employees of the Month for February. Both were recognized for their efforts to ensure animal exhibits at the state’s 45 agricultural fairs have been properly inspected and meet the requirements of Aedin’s Law, a set of guidelines designed to reduce the public risk of exposure to animal diseases.
Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler recently recognized the two in Raleigh.
“Agriculture exhibits and displays of farm animals are important components of county fairs. In some cases, these exhibits provide children with their only chance to see real farm animals,” Troxler said. “Both Dr. Beck and Dr. Woodlief have logged thousands of miles and many hours making sure county agricultural fair leaders understood and met the requirements of Aedin’s Law so fairs could continue offering animal exhibits and competitions .”
Beck earned her doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from N.C. State University. Following work in private practice, she pursued and earned a Ph.D in population medicine. During her graduate work, she provided veterinary services to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Red Wolf Recovery Program and monitored red-cockaded woodpeckers for the U.S. Army Environmental Command. She joined NCDA&CS in March 2007.
Beck and her husband, Brady, are the parents of two golden retrievers, Scout and Roan.
Woodlief eaned her doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree and a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from N.C. State University. She was valedictorian at West Caldwell High School in 1987. Woodlief was a swine veterinarian for Goldsboro Hog Farms before joining NCDA&CS in 1995 as a pseudorabies specialist veterinarian. She now serves as a field veterinarian in charge of monitoring livestock operations in 14 counties.
Woodlief and her husband, Marty, have a daughter, Monica. In her spare time, she enjoys horse and mule back riding, scrapbooking, photography and spending time with her family.