Matt Cochran, DVM, joined the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, as program director effective September 14, 2015.
Cochran will be working with the Institute’s AgConnectTM suite of tools, providing strategic vision, management and implementation for the project. He will also work closely with the IIAD leadership team to manage day-to-day operations, support strategic planning and direct logistical activities to promote program success and strategic vision.
Cochran comes to IIAD from the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, where he served as assistant agency director since 2012. Prior to that, he held multiple roles at the Texas Animal Health Commission and worked in large and small animal private practice – giving him the ideal background to interact with veterinarians/producers, veterinary diagnosticians, and state animal health officials regarding requirements, implementation, and transition of AgConnectTM technologies.
“Filling the program director position with a qualified individual is imperative as our AgConnectTM suite continues to progress and evolve,” said Gerry Parker, DVM, Ph.D., M.S., IIAD director, said. “Dr. Cochran’s previous experience in the animal health industry through management, information technology and hands-on field experience will serve IIAD, the AgConnectTM suite and our industry partners well.”
Cochran holds a Bachelor of Science in biomedical sciences, a Master of International Affairs in international economics and a Doctorate of Veterinary Medicine, all from Texas A&M University.