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.