Avian Health Program Specialist @ Washington State Dept. of Agriculture
Beth Reitz is the Avian Health Program Specialist for The Washington State Department of Agriculture. She received her A.A. from Centralia College and has been employed by the State of Washington for 4 years, beginning her career with the state as an Administrative Assistant at the Department of Health. During her time in the Avian Health Program she has assisted on avian influenza outbreak emergency response teams, updated the poultry export procedure to become fully electronic, and has produced the last 4 versions of the Birds of Washington calendar. She has also streamlined the NPIP application process, including creating an NPIP information and application packet that clearly outlines the program and makes it easier and faster for producers to become NPIP certified.
When Beth isn’t at work she can usually be found with her family riding her horses, 4-wheeling her Jeep in the snow and mud, or riding her Harley Davidson motorcycle. Beth grew up in Mossyrock and has lived in Lewis County all of her life. She has 4 children, and 4 grandchildren, and is currently impatiently awaiting the arrival of her 5th grandchild, a little girl, due in May. Beth resides in Winlock with her husband, their 2 teenage children, 1 cat, 3 Australian Cattle Dogs, and 7 horses and mules.