Agency Leadership

Akey, Bruce-4x5DIRECTOR

Bruce L. Akey, DVM, MS, serves as  director for the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL), a State agency in the Texas A&M University System. As director, Dr. Akey is responsible for the executive operations of the agency, focusing on day-to-day management of the four laboratory locations. Dr. Akey also oversees the agency’s quality assurance program and provides leadership to TVMDL’s three resident directors, located at the agency’s other laboratory locations in Amarillo, Center and Gonzales.

A graduate of the College of William and Mary with a bachelor’s degree in biology, Dr. Akey also holds a master of science in parasitology from the University of Florida and a doctorate of veterinary medicine from the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Akey is a nationally recognized leader in veterinary diagnostics. From 2006 through May of 2014, Dr. Akey was the assistant dean for diagnostic operations and the executive director of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. He served three and a half years as assistant state veterinarian for the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, was the chief of the Office of Laboratory Services at the Virginia Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services for 13 years, and was in private clinical practice for 4 years prior to that.

A former co-chair of two committees of the United States Animal Health Association, Dr. Akey also served as president of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and was recognized by the organization with the E.P. Pope award for distinguished service in 2004 and lifetime membership in 2007. He has received several leadership and service awards from the AAVLD, the United States Department of Agriculture, Richmond Academy of Veterinary Medicine and the American Association of Food Hygiene Veterinarians.

Dr. Akey currently serves as co-chair of the AAVLD Government Relations Committee, is a member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) Coordinating Council, co-chair of the NAHLN Methods Technical Working Group and a member of the NAHLN Information Technology Committee. In 2014, he was appointed as an adjunct clinical professor in the Department of Veterinary Pathobiology at Texas A&M University’s College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.



Amy K. Swinford, DVM, MS, serves as the associate director of TVMDL. Prior to her promotion to associate director in February 2015, Dr. Swinford was the microbiology branch chief and Bacteriology Section head at the College Station laboratory.

As associate director, Dr. Swinford  assists the director in the executive operation of the agency, which includes overseeing the efforts of the resident directors at the Amarillo, Center and Gonzales laboratories. Dr. Swinford represents the agency with relevant professional societies, and interact with industry, government and community officials. In addition, she provides leadership to improve and streamline agency operations while ensuring diagnostic results are timely, affordable and relevant to all TVMDL clients.

Dr. Swinford earned multiple degrees from the University of Illinois: two bachelor’s degrees, a master’s degree in veterinary pathobiology and a doctorate in veterinary medicine. She became a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists in 1997, and in 2012 was elected to the organization’s board of governors. She began her veterinary career in Nebraska, where she worked at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Veterinary Diagnostic Center, held positions with two veterinary biopharmaceutical companies, and served in the United States Air Force Reserve as a public health officer. In 2005, Dr. Swinford was hired as the Bacteriology section head at TVMDL in College Station. She was promoted to branch chief in 2012, a position in which she oversaw the Bacteriology, Molecular Diagnostics, Serology and Virology sections.