Lelve Gayle, executive director of the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, will retire July 31, officials announced this week.
Gayle, 67, has led the laboratory for the last five years and has had a 31-year career at the facility.
Under Gayle's leadership, the lab was upgraded to allow workers to test for and diagnose many diseases that infect livestock. The lab handles more than 220,000 cases per year.
Gayne Fearneyhough, head of the lab's diagnostic services and informatics, has been recommended to serve as the lab's interim executive director beginning Aug. 1.
The Texas A&M System Board of Regents will consider Fearneyhough's appointment at its July meeting. James Hull, state forester and director of the Texas Forest Service, will lead a committee to search for Gayle's replacement.