The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory has named Dr. Terry Hensley as assistant agency director. Hensley will co-manage diagnostic services for the College Station laboratory and supervise the process for receiving specimens from clients. He also will serve as a liaison with clients and partner organizations, including Texas Animal Health Commission, Texas Department of State Health Services, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
“Dr. Hensley brings a wealth of knowledge and front-line experience to this position,” said Dr. Tammy Beckham, the lab’s director. “He has a successful record of working closely with veterinarians as well as owners of livestock, poultry and horses.”
Hensley holds a bachelor’s degree in wildlife and fisheries science, a master’s degree in poultry science and a doctorate in veterinary medicine – all from Texas A&M University.
He comes to the laboratory from the Texas Animal Health Commission, where he had served as assistant executive director for animal health programs since 2010. Before that, Hensley was a veterinary medical officer and foreign animal disease diagnostician for the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service in Veterinary Services in Salem, Ore., for 20 years.