Moore takes reins as director of Div of Ag’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab
- Moore was previously the Resident Director of Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory in Center, Texas
- Moore holds DVM, PhD degrees from Texas A&M University
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — There’s no rest for the new Director of the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.
Dr. Randle Moore, DVM, PhD, Diplomate of the American College of Poultry Veterinarians, has barely had the chance to unpack since moving to northwest Arkansas at the end of December, before getting busy to work. “I had six necropsy cases my first day,” he said.
Moore is no stranger to a hard work. He joins Arkansas from Texas A&M, where he was the Resident Director of the Texas A&M University Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory’s Poultry Diagnostic Laboratory in Center, Texas. And for Moore, entering the veterinary field was second nature, as his father was also a veterinarian on the faculty of the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine.
Moore earned his DVM from Texas A&M in 1996 and PhD, also from TAMU, in 2000. Before becoming the Resident Director of the lab at Center in 2007, he worked as a Research Physiologist for the USDA Egg Safety and Quality Research Unit in Athens, Georgia. Moore was also a post-doctoral research associate at Texas A&M University’s Poultry Science Department and at the USDA Food and Feed Safety Research Unit laboratory in College Station, Texas.
His position in the Division’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab will see him expanding the scope of his work. While about 95 percent of the lab’s work is being done on poultry, both chickens and turkeys, “what will be different for me here is the mammalian pathology,” he said. “I’m looking forward to broadening my experience in that area.”
Each year, the nine-year-old lab processes an average of 265,000 serology samples and conducts another 27,000 microbiological and molecular assays.
Even with that load, Moore said “he’s eager to expand the testing available at the lab for our commercial clients,” he said.
Nathan Slaton, Assistant Director, Agricultural Experiment Station Testing Services, said “Dr. Moore will be charged with continuing to provide the poultry industry of Arkansas the same excellent service that they have received in the past and examine opportunities to broaden laboratory services for our clientele.”
In a state where one in four agricultural jobs is linked to poultry and egg processing, “we are glad to have someone with Dr. Moore’s wealth of experience in the poultry industry heading up our lab,” Slaton said.
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