Bret Marsh has distinguished himself in the field of public animal health, serving as Indiana State Veterinarian since January 1994. A Boone County native and a graduate of Marion-Adams High School in Sheridan, Marsh graduated from Purdue University in 1981 with a B. S. in Animal Sciences, and in 1984 earned the D.V.M. degree from Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine.
Marsh has spent his entire career with the Indiana Board of Animal Health. His first position was in the meat and poultry inspection area as a supervisor and training officer. He later became director of Swine Health Programs, a position he held until 1994, and where he had primary responsibility for the Pseudorabies Eradication Program. It was through his leadership and continued efforts that Indiana gained classification as free of pseudorabies, protecting the valuable pork industry of the state. As State Veterinarian, Dr. Marsh is charged with protecting Indiana’s $5 billion animal agriculture sector from numerous health threats and diseases that would compromise food safety.
Since 2003 Marsh has served on a special detail for the USDA Secretary’s Homeland Security Staff. Marsh has been president Indiana Veterinary Medical Association and served as the First Vice President of the U.S. Animal Health Association from 2003 to 2004. He was recently elected treasurer of the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a position he will assume in July. He’s served in the AVMA House of Delegates for nearly a decade. In that time, he has twice been elected a member of the House Advisory Committee and is currently a member of the Constitution and Bylaws Task Force. Marsh has been recognized as a Distinguished Alumnus by both Purdue’s School of Veterinary Medicine (1997) and the College of Agriculture (2003). He was named a Sagamore of the Wabash in 1997 by Governor Evan Bayh.