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Lab Director Dr. Bev Byrum Retires After 25 Years of Service

Dr. Beverly Byrum has retired from 25 years of service with the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and the Consumer Protection Laboratory at the Ohio Department of Agriculture – effective July 31, 2019. Dr. Byrum has been well-recognized in providing outstanding, quality service to the state of Ohio and to the state’s livestock and poultry industries. Under her leadership, the ADDL has been fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians as a full-service laboratory across all animal species since 1996. During her tenure, the ADDL has reached many milestones - including Tier 1 status in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) of USDA, a member of the FDA CVM Veterinary Laboratory Investigation and Response Network (VET-LIRN), one of 4 original whole genome sequencing laboratories for the Vet-LIRN, one of 35 laboratories in the FDA Genome Trakr Global Network, and one of 18 laboratories authorized to perform CWD immunohistochemistry testing. A nationwide search is currently underway for a new ODA Laboratory Director. During the search, Drs. Yan Zhang and Jeff Hayes are serving as Co-Interim Directors of the ADDL.

Dr. Yan Zhang, DVM, PhD, DACVM, Section Head of Virology and Molecular Diagnostics & Interim Lab Co-Director