Lincoln, Neb. —Dustin Loy has been selected as the next director of the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His appointment was effective beginning March 1.
Loy succeeds Bruce Brodersen, who spent more than 30 years on the UNL faculty and has led the center since 2019.
Loy grew up on a small beef operation in central Iowa. He received his bachelor’s degree in animal science, veterinary degree in food animal medicine, and doctoral degree in veterinary microbiology from Iowa State University. In addition, Loy is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists with specialties in bacteriology, virology and immunology.
His currently a professor, veterinary diagnostic microbiologist and faculty supervisor for the bacteriology and molecular diagnostic laboratories in the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center. Prior to joining UNL, he worked at a biotech startup developing RNA-based vaccines for animals.
Loy’s research focuses on the application of genomics, with a focus on bovine diseases and antimicrobial resistance. He has contributed to more than 50 publications, several books and patents and numerous grants. He is an instructor in both the veterinary science undergraduate curriculum and the professional program in veterinary medicine.
Loy has served in leadership and committee roles through the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians, the American College of Veterinary Microbiologists, the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, and the Lincoln-Lancaster Board of Health.
“Dr. Loy is an outstanding researcher and instructor, who has made many important contributions to UNL and the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources,” said Scott McVey, director of the School of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at UNL. “I believe he will be a strong leader for the Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center, and I’m excited to see him in this new role.”