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04.17.13

Dr. Lelve G. Gayle

Dr. Lelve G. Gayle

Dr. Lelve G. Gayle is a native of Lovelady, Texas and enrolled in the Corps of Cadets at Texas A&M as a freshman student.  He is a 1964 graduate of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University and  after graduation , Dr. Gayle completed a military obligation in the U.S. Air Force, followed by a period of 10 years in private veterinary practice.  Dr. Gayle added a Master of Science Degree in Veterinary Toxicology, also obtained from Texas A&M, in 1980.

In 1976, Dr. Gayle joined the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL).  He served as Case Supervisor, as Head of Diagnostic Services, and as Executive Director , having been appointed to this position in 2002.  During his tenure as Executive Director, Dr. Gayle oversaw a major upgrade in the laboratory's capabilities.  These upgrades included new overall space, new space for high consequence animal disease testing, and a mobile laboratory facility.  These improvements made it possible to test for and diagnose many infectious animal diseases that threaten the nation's livestock industry.  In this role he directed one of the largest and busiest veterinary diagnostic laboratory systems in the world.

TVMDL is one of five diagnostic laboratories in the country that comprise the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, which provides surveillance and response to high consequence animal diseases.  At its two major locations in College Station and Amarillo, the lab performs diagnostic testing for thousands of veterinary hospitals and clinics across the country.  Two smaller labs in Center and Gonzales provide disease surveillance and diagnostic testing for the poultry industry.  TVMDL, with its laboratories in College Station, Amarillo, Center, and Gonzales, receives over 220,000 cases a year from Texas animal industries.  Established in 1967 by the Texas Legislature, TVMDL serves to aid and educate Texas animal industries in identifying and preventing animal diseases and intoxication and to help protect the health of Texans by identifying diseases transmissible from animals to people.

Dr. Gayle served as president of the Texas Academy of Veterinary Practice in 1985, after which he went on to hold every executive leadership position in the Texas Veterinary Medical Association, including his service as TVMA President in 1996.  He has received numerous recognitions including the Distinguished Achievement Award from the Texas Veterinary Medical Association (1988), the Vice Chancellor's Award in Excellence (1994), the Regents Fellow Service Award (1999), and the Texas Poultry Federation Distinguished Service Award (2007).  Dr. Gayle was also named as a Distinguished Member of the Texas Veterinary Medical Association and as Associate Vice Chancellor and Executive Director Emeritus at Texas A&M University in 2007.

Dr. Gayle and his wife, Melody, have three children and eight grandchildren.



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