Dr. Laura Chen Hired as New WADDL-AHFSL Branch Chief

- Jan 30, 2019

Dr. Laura Chen Hired as New WADDL-AHFSL Branch ChiefIt is our great pleasure to announce the hiring of Dr. Laura Chen as the new Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL)-Puyallup Branch Chief for the Avian Health Food Safety Laboratory.  Dr. Chen is board certified by the American College of Poultry Veterinarians and is currently concluding a Masters of Science degree at North Carolina State University in Avian Medicine and Poultry Pathology. Dr. Chen has a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science from Rutgers University and a DVM degree from North Carolina State University.  

Dr. Chen will begin her employment with WSU-WADDL on September 1, 2019 in order to complete her MS training at North Carolina State University and complete the certification examination for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists. She will then be board certified in both Poultry Medicine and Anatomic Pathology.

Dr. Chen brings the expertise to manage and provide the high quality, client focused service to the poultry industry, backyard flocks/ aviaries, food safety industry, as well as work effectively with regional state and federal poultry regulatory programs that is expected from WADDL-Puyallup AHFSL.  Her experience working as a Veterinary Medical Officer for USDA-APHIS highly pathogenic avian influenza virus (HPAI) emergency response incident command system, as well as hands-on training in foreign animal diseases investigation serves our region well at the entry point of the Pacific flyway to the USA. We thank all of the stakeholder support in this search and look forward to Dr. Chen’s arrival in September. 


Dr. Tim Baszler
WADDL Executive Director

Dr. Kevin Snekvik
WADDL Director of Operations