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Lloyd Phinney. leader in laboratory animal medicine, is appointed assistant director at Southwest National Primate Research Center

Lloyd T. Phinney Jr., D.V.M., has been appointed assistant director of Veterinary Resources and Research Support at the Texas Biomedical Research Institute’s Southwest National Primate Research Center (SNPRC).

In his new position, Phinney is responsible for the daily supervision of the SNPRC’s veterinary professional and technical staff and assists in the management of all veterinary resources and research support activities.

“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,” said John Bernal, D.V.M., the SNPRC’s associate director.

“Texas Biomed has made many contributions to advancing medical science that have benefitted millions of people worldwide,” said Phinney. “I look forward to playing a role in future discoveries that will certainly contribute to many more improvements in human health.”

Phinney received a 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.  He entered the United States Army in 1993 and has served as a Veterinary Corps Officer at numerous assignments in the United States, Saudi Arabia and Southeast Asia. During this period, he provided leadership and expertise as a laboratory animal medicine veterinarian at five Defense Department biomedical laboratories conducting preclinical research that support military personnel.

At USUHS, he helped publish a follow-up study of Marine recruits who suffered an exertional heat illness episode.  He also provided laboratory animal medicine support within biocontainment laboratories at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

Since then he has served at four other Defense Department biomedical laboratories located in Thailand, Maryland, and Texas.  At the U.S. Army Medical Component–Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) in Thailand he was the Attending Veterinarian for nearly five years and led one of six research departments.  AFRIMS is the largest overseas accredited animal research facility in the Defense Department, housing more than 650 nonhuman primates.

At the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, he served as Deputy Director, Division of Veterinary Medicine, providing laboratory animal expertise to more than 100 scientists.  He has extensive experience managing highly trained personnel, maintaining the highest quality research animals, providing complex technical and facility support, and ensuring regulatory compliance of all proposed research and training activities involving laboratory animals.

Phinney is a diplomate of the American College of Laboratory Animal Medicine and of the American College of Veterinary Preventive Medicine.

Texas Biomed, formerly the Southwest Foundation for Biomedical Research, is one of the world’s leading independent biomedical research institutions dedicated to advancing global human health through innovative biomedical research.  Located on a 200-acre campus on the northwest side of San Antonio, Texas, the Institute partners with hundreds of researchers and institutions around the world, targeting advances in the fight against emerging infectious diseases, AIDS, hepatitis, malaria, parasitic infections and a host of other diseases, as well as cardiovascular conditions, diabetes, obesity, cancer, psychiatric disorders, and problems of pregnancy.  For more information on Texas Biomed, go to, or call Joe Carey, Texas Biomed’s Vice President for Public Affairs, at 210-258-9437.