The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) has 10 sections that work daily to find diagnostic answers for the more than 500 samples sent to the labs. During his more than three decades at the lab, TVMDL Director Emeritus, Konrad Eugster, DVM, PhD, saw significant changes in diagnostic work. A native of Austria, Dr. Eugster received his veterinary medicine degree from Vienna Veterinary College in 1963, and earned a doctorate in microbiology from Colorado State University in 1970. He began working at TVMDL in 1970, as head of Diagnostic Microbiology before becoming the agency’s executive director in 1980. After 21 years as director, Dr. Eugster retired and was appointed Director Emeritus by the Texas A&M System Board of Regents.
Some of the more memorable issues Dr. Eugster focused on during his work as a virologist and the agency’s director were infectious diseases. In this video, Dr. Eugster and current Virology and Molecular Diagnostics Section Head Pam Ferro, PhD, discuss some of those diseases.
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