Cliff Williamson has joined the American Horse Council as the Director of Health and Regulatory Affairs and will be the organisation’s principal contact to the US Department of Agriculture.
Williamson’s responsibilities will include equine health issues, welfare issues, and state, federal and international requirements regarding the movement of horses.
“I am very excited to be given the opportunity to assist the Horse Council, and I hope my experience with the USDA exporting animals, my farming background, and my animal health education will help me promote and protect the horse industry and the movement of horses, which is critical to the growth of our industry,” Williamson said.
Williamson comes to the AHC from the animal export industry, serving as both the Associate Director of Animal Logistics for T.K. Exports and the owner of Williamson Livestock Logistics, where he coordinated and supervised the documentation, testing and delivery of nearly 75,000 animals.
He grew up outside of Culpeper, Virginia on his family’s farm raising horses and sheep. Williamson is a 2008 graduate of Virginia Tech, receiving a degree in Animal and Poultry Science, with emphases in Production Business and Equine Science. He is a current Class II fellow of Virginia Agricultural Leaders Obtaining Results (VALOR) and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, serving in Nicaragua’s Food Security Program.
“Cliff comes to the AHC having practical experience dealing with the USDA and a familiarity with the federal rules on importing and exporting horses. He is also involved in various other agricultural activities. When you add his growing up on a horse farm, that is a great package for the AHC,” said AHC president Jay Hickey.