Philip Bochsler, DVM, PhD, ACVP, chief of pathology at the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (WVDL), has been selected as the lab’s next director. Bochsler will assume his new duties Monday, July 6.

UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank, in consultation with the WVDL Board of Directors, appointed Bochsler after a national search.

Darrell Bazzell, UW-Madison vice chancellor for finance and administration, says Bochsler has developed a strong record of leadership, service and achievement since he joined the WVDL management team in 2001.

“With his experience and expertise, Dr. Bochsler is well-suited to move into the director’s position and provide the highest quality of service to the lab, the university, the state and its agricultural community,” Bazzell says.

The WVDL is attached to UW-Madison’s Office of the Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration for administrative purposes.

Bochsler says he is honored to have the opportunity to serve the state of Wisconsin and a world-class laboratory and university.

“I look forward to working with the outstanding team of professionals at the WVDL and with our clients and partners across the state,” he says.

In addition to his duties as WVDL’s chief of pathology, Bochsler is a clinical diagnostic professor in the School of Veterinary Medicine’s Department of Pathobiological Sciences.

Bochsler will succeed Peter Vanderloo, who has served as interim director since the departure of former director Thomas McKenna in September 2014. McKenna left the WVDL for a new position in Massachusetts.

The WVDL’s mission is to promote animal and human health by providing high quality veterinary diagnostic laboratory services and professional expertise. The lab serves diverse groups ranging from industry and regulatory agencies to local communities, animal owners and veterinarians. In addition to its main facility at UW-Madison, the WVDL has a branch laboratory in Barron.

The WVDL has an annual operating budget of $9 million and a staff of 75.