Staff 

Deputy Director:

Patrick Fisk joined the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission in early November, 2016.

Mr. Fisk was raised in southwest Arkansas and has lifelong experience in the livestock and poultry industries. Although growing up on a cattle operation, most of his work experience is in the poultry industry. At an early age he worked off and on in the 1980’s in the processing plant and hatchery.

He graduated in 1993 from Southern Arkansas University with a B.S. degree in Agriculture Business. After graduation he returned to the poultry industry working as a plant supervisor for Tyson Foods. Later on moving to the field as service technician with Pilgrim’s Pride and Foster Farms. In 2003 Mr. Fisk started his work in the regulatory side of the industry as a program manager with the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. He worked with ANRC for 13 years before joining the Livestock and Poultry Commission.


State Veterinarian:

Brandon F.  Doss, DVM joined Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission in 2008.  He served as the Assistant State Veterinarian and NPIP Administrator until his promotion to State Veterinarian in November of 2015.   Prior to his employment with Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission, Dr. Doss served as a Supervisory Veterinary Medical Officer with USDA Food Safety Inspection Service.  Dr. Doss was born and raised in Camden, AR.  He graduated from Camden Fairview High School in 1998.  Dr. Doss received a Bachelor of Science in Biology with a minor in Chemistry in 2002 from Southern Arkansas University.  In 2006, Dr. Doss received a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Louisiana State University.  Dr. Doss is a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Arkansas Veterinary Medical Association, and United States Animal Health Association.  He and his wife, Heather, have two sons and reside in Conway.

Lab Director:

Dr. Linda F. Meola, DVM, Diplomate, ACVP has been with Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission since February 2011. She received her DVM from the University of Minnesota in 1995.  Upon graduation, she relocated to Houston, Texas where she practiced small animal medicine for the next 12 years.  In 2010, she completed a residency in anatomic pathology at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington DC, and in 2011, she became a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathology.  At present, she is the Laboratory Director and a practicing pathologist at the Arkansas Livestock & Poultry Veterinary Diagnostic Lab (ALPC-VDL).  As Laboratory Director, she has gained valuable experience with all aspects of laboratory operations.

Field Operations:

Heath Harris  has been with Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission since 2014. He began work as a Livestock Inspector and was promoted to Agri Program Manager in 2016. He has completed several trainings and certifications within the program. Additionally, Heath has lifelong experience within the livestock industry. He is a lifelong resident of Saline County.

Poultry and Egg Division Manager:

Danny Hughes has been with the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission since 1972. He began work as a field inspector and was promoted to Assistant Federal-State Supervisor in 1980. He holds licenses in egg products, poultry grading, turkey grading, and shell egg grading. Danny was promoted to division manager for the Poultry and Egg Division in 1983 where he currently serves the agency. He is past president, vice president, and director for the National Egg Regulatory Officials group where he remains an active member. Danny is a life long resident of White county.

For over 20 years, Danny has been the coordinator for the National Egg Quality School. He also serves on the Statewide Grievance Appeals Panel for employees throughout the state of Arkansas.