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Ohio Department of Agriculture Names Dr. Richard French Director of Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

ODA is pleased to announce Dr. Richard A. French has been named Laboratory Director of the Ohio Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory.


Dr. French is a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine with a PhD and Residency in Neuropathology, and an MS in Parasitology, all from the University of Illinois. He completed a BS in Pathology at the University of Connecticut.


Dr. French has a wealth of experience and knowledge in domestic and international animal health. Most recently, he served as a corporate executive for international agribusiness and pharmaceutical firms and worked to build laboratory infrastructure in China. Dr. French has over 30 years in academia, the past 10 of which focused in laboratory leadership.


Dr. French is a results-oriented visionary. In 2019, he co-founded the Annual Veterinary Diagnostic Conference for China, which quickly became the largest conference in China dedicated to diagnostics, with an exposition featuring veterinary medicine and equipment. He is also internationally recognized and an educator in the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization.


He has served as an instructor for the USDA APHIS Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostician Course at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center for over ten years, is a member of the USDA National Animal Health Emergency Response Corp and is a Registered Emergency Veterinary Medical Officer with USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS).


His professional experience includes proprietor of Global Animal Health Partners, LLC; Head of Health Management Center of Boehringer Ingelheim International Trading Co. Ltd., Shanghai, China; Vice President of Animal Health Diagnostic  Services, Charoen Pokphand Group – China Area; Dean of the School of Animal Studies at Becker College, Worcester, MA; Director of New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory; Senior Veterinary Pathologist/Clinical Professor and Associate Director of Biosafety Level III Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. He has numerous scientific publications, presentations and has achieved many awards during his career.


A main focus for Dr. French will be on technology and automation to improve efficiency and customer experience. He intends to build on Ohio’s reputation in the area of animal disease testing and develop long-term innovative practices.

Richard French, DVM, PhD, MS