The Texas A&M System Board of Regents has named Dr. Bruce L. Akey director of the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory. Akey began as executive deputy director at the lab in June of 2014 and had served as interim director since September 2014.

“Dr. Akey has shown outstanding leadership in veterinary diagnostics throughout his career and most recently while serving as interim at the lab,” said Dr. Bill Dugas, acting vice chancellor and dean of agriculture and life sciences at Texas A&M University. “I am pleased he will continue to guide TVMDL forward in ensuring both animal and human health for Texas.”

A graduate of the College of William and Mary with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Akey also holds a master of science in parasitology from the University of Florida and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota. He served more than three years as assistant state veterinarian for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, was the chief of the Office of Laboratory Services at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for 13 years and was in private clinical practice for four years prior to that. From 2006 through mid-2014, Akey served as assistant dean for diagnostic operations and the executive director of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University.

An agency of the Texas A&M University System, the veterinary diagnostic lab operates in College Station, Amarillo, Center and Gonzales.

For more information on the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, visit http://tvmdl.tamu.edu.