The Texas Biomedical Research Institute (Texas Biomed) has consistently made national headlines as a key leader in vaccine research, as well as an advocate for the continued humane use of research animals in developing treatments and cures for deadly diseases that kill millions of people worldwide. Recently, the institute announced the appointment of Dr. Lloyd T. Phinney Jr., D.V.M., to the role of assistant director of Veterinary Resources and Research Support at their Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC).
The role is a key one for the Institute, which will look to Dr. Phinney to handle the daily supervision of the SNPRC’s veterinary professional and technical staff, while also assisting in managing research support projects and other critical veterinary resources. John Bernal, D.V.M., the SNPRC’s associate director, underscored Dr. Phinney’s experience, and how it will come to bear in his new role: “Dr. Phinney has had a wide range of experience with laboratory animal programs, including leadership positions in the US and abroad, that make him uniquely qualified to help us manage all aspects our primate research center.”
Dr. Lloyd Phinney brings a broad spectrum of experience and expertise to his new position at Texas Biomed. He received his D.V.M. degree from Oklahoma State University in 1993 and earned a Master of Public Health from the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland in 1999. From there, Dr. Phinney applied his education to the military, joining the United States Army in 1993. His role as a Veterinary Corps Officer led him to work on important Army-related assignments in the United States, Saudi Arabia, and Southeast Asia that helped develop his skills as a leader in laboratory animal medicine. He served as a veterinarian at five Defense Department biomedical laboratories conducting preclinical research that support military personnel, according to a Texas Biomed press release.
As Dr. Phinney’s tenure in the U.S. Army continued, his assignments led him to serve at four key Defense Department biomedical laboratories in Thailand, Maryland, and eventually Texas. While stationed in Thailand for five years, he served as Attending Veterinarian, leading one of six research departments and was part of managing the AFRIMS facility, which is the Defense Department’s largest overseas animal research facility, which houses 650 nonhuman primates for the purposes of human research. This experience gives Dr. Phinney hands-on knowledge and experience in how to manage and oversee a state-of-the-art facility such Texas Biomed’s Southwest National Primate Research Center. Dr. Philley also has extensive experience in managing scientists as well, having managed over 100 researchers at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.
“Texas Biomed has made many contributions to advancing medical science that have benefitted millions of people worldwide,” said Dr. Phinney. “I look forward to playing a role in future discoveries that will certainly contribute to many more improvements in human health.”
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