AGRICULTURE WA veterinary officer Michelle Rodan has been appointed regional protection manager in the northern agricultural region. Ms Rodan will remain based at Agwest's Moora office and will take on responsibility for co-ordinating agricultural protection in the northern agricultural region. This will cover services provided by Agwest's Protection Program, including exotic plant and plant diseases, invertebrate and vertebrate pest surveillance and animal disease surveillance. Declared plant management (including skeleton weed) and interstate movement of plants and animals for the northern agricultural regional will also be part of her responsibilities. Ms Rodan has worked in the agricultural industry since 1983, with experience in a range of activities and locations throughout WA and the Northern Territory. She joined Agwest in 1985 in Albany and has had a strong involvement with the Agricultural Protection Program, quarantine, and the agency's meat and wool programs. More recently, Ms Rodan has been responsible for the management and ongoing investigation of properties in the northern agricultural region, as part of the ongoing investigations to maintain WA's free status for Ovine Johnes Disease.