New Leadership Team Appointed for Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory

Friday, May 3, 2019

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Dr. G. Kenitra Hendrix has been named director of the Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory and Dr. Craig Bowen has been named assistant director, effective June 1.

Two veterinary diagnosticians at the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine have been appointed as the new leadership team for the Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (ADDL) effective June 1. Dr. G. Kenitra Hendrix, clinical assistant professor of veterinary diagnostic microbiology, has been named as the director of the ADDL and Dr. Craig Bowen (PU DVM 2011), veterinary diagnostician, will become the assistant director.  Purdue Veterinary Medicine Dean Willie Reed announced the appointments in April. 

The ADDL is a full-service veterinary diagnostic lab and a key service unit of the College of Veterinary Medicine. “We are excited to welcome Drs. Hendrix and Bowen to their important new positions,” Dean Reed said. “I am confident this new leadership will provide exceptional guidance for the ADDL as we grow the lab, provide outstanding customer service, expand our diagnostic tests, and continue to make an impact in a broad range of industries and disciplines.”

Dr. Hendrix currently serves as section head of the ADDL’s Bacteriology, Mycology, and Parasitology Laboratories and interim director of the Virology section.  She came to Purdue in 2013, when she joined the faculty of the Department of Comparative Pathobiology after earning her PhD at the Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine.  Dr. Hendrix obtained her DVM degree at Auburn University and is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists (virology, immunology, and bacteriology and mycology).

“I am extremely pleased to take on this role, and I am passionate about embracing ADDL’s engagement, teaching, and research support missions,” Dr. Hendrix said after being named as the ADDL’s new director. “We have an important responsibility to the state of Indiana and the veterinary industry to provide outstanding and accurate service to ADDL clients, facilitate research and scholarship, and support a rich learning and clinical environment.”  Dr. Hendrix will succeed Dr. Stephen Lenz, who has been serving as interim director.

Dr. Bowen joined the ADDL in 2016 as a diagnostic/client services veterinarian.  A 2011 graduate of Purdue’s DVM program, Dr. Bowen worked in private practice with a focus on production medicine before joining the Indiana State Board of Animal Health, where he served as the District IV field veterinarian and director of Swine Health Programs. 

Dr. Bowen has a broad understanding of animal production agriculture and extensive experience in beef cattle and meat goat production.  His current responsibilities in the ADDL include serving as section supervisor for accessioning, providing consultation to referring veterinarians regarding specimen submission and test result interpretation, production of educational material for clients, and delivery of educational presentations at professional conferences and producer meetings. He will continue serving in those capacities as he also assumes his new administrative duties.

The Indiana Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory serves as a professional resource for veterinarians and animal owners by providing comprehensive diagnostic testing to preserve and protect animal and human health in the state of Indiana and beyond. In addition to supporting the teaching programs of the College of Veterinary Medicine, the ADDL is fully accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and is a member of the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) and the FDA Food Emergency Response Network (FERN).

Writer(s): Lauren Bruce |

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