MADISON, Wis. (AP) -

Wisconsin has a new state veterinarian.

The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection announced Friday that assistant state veterinarian Dr. Paul McGraw has been promoted to state veterinarian. McGraw has been the assistant state veterinarian for nine years.

He succeeds Dr. Bob Ehlenfeldt, who retired after 27 years as state veterinarian.

The state veterinarian oversees efforts to track, prevent and control livestock diseases. His office also runs programs that train local human officers, license dog sellers and address rabies.

McGraw is originally from Dodgeville. He worked as a private veterinarian for 16 years before joining DATCP.