Dr. Thomas Jacobs is Assistant Chief of Regional Services and Regional Veterinarian for the Western Shore, working out of the Annapolis Headquarters, Frederick Lab and inspection locations as needed. At MDA, he manages equine reportable disease investigations and associated laboratory diagnostics and is an agricultural emergency responder. Dr. Jacobs has worked at MDA since 2004 and previously in 1976. He received his veterinary degree from the University of the Philippines. Retired from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Veterinary Medicine and managed their human and veterinary research facilities in Laurel and White Oak. He is a native of Ohio and a horse owner.