FARMINGTON — A local veterinarian was reappointed to the New Mexico Board of Veterinary Medicine.

Gov. Susana Martinez announced Tuesday that Manuel Garcia, of Bloomfield, will continue to serve on the board.

Garcia, 39, is one of two owners of San Juan Veterinary Hospital in Farmington. He practices general veterinary medicine,  surgery and dentistry.

He has worked in Farmington for eight years.

Martinez appointed Garcia to the board in March 2011. Garcia said he is expected to serve on the board for another four years.

The board meets at least four times a year. Members are not paid.

One of its purposes is to hear complaints brought against veterinary clinics around the state. The state has officers who investigate animal hospital facilities and complaints against veterinarians who report directly to the veterinary medicine board.

Garcia said in coming months some important issues the board will make judgments on will be changes to rules and regulations for clinics.

Garcia is the only San Juan County resident on the seven-member board.

He said he brings a perspective of a small-animal veterinarian. Garcia mainly treats pets, as opposed to livestock and other large animals.

He said with him on the board, there is a mix of different types of veterinarians.

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“The board is very diverse and we all bring knowledge of medicine and standards of care from our area” he said.

Garcia has never met Martinez and wasn’t sure why she selected him for the position.

 “I think  it was the ability to bring level headedness and common sense to the board,” he said.