Stephen Hooser, DVM, Ph.D., has been named director of the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL). He was previously head of the toxicology section of the state office, located on the Purdue University campus.
Dr. Hooser, also a Purdue comparative pathobiology professor, succeeds Leon Thacker, DVM, Ph.D., who has been the ADDL director for the past 23 years. Dr. Thacker will remain at the laboratory as a diagnostic pathologist and will return to teach Purdue veterinary classes.
“I’m honored to be appointed to this important position in a facility that has the task to diagnose animal diseases, thereby protecting the health of animals, both large and small, and people,” Hooser said. “The laboratory’s work is even more crucial now than in the past because of emerging and re-emerging diseases, and the ability for potentially dangerous illnesses to be carried globally more rapidly than ever.”
ADDL also teaches veterinary and veterinary technician students and veterinary pathology residents.