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Walter F. Loeb, VMD, MS, PhD

Dr. Loeb earned his VMD at the University of Pennsylvania (1955), his MS at The Ohio State University (1956), and his PhD as a National Science Foundation Science Faculty Fellow at Michigan State University (1965). He is among a small number of individuals, 45 out of 2,261 total members (2%), certified by the American College of Veterinary Pathologists (ACVP) in both anatomic pathology and clinical pathology, having achieved certification in the latter in 1973, just the second year the clinical pathology certifying examination was offered.

After his Master’s graduate training, Dr. Loeb transitioned from a Research Assistant to an Instructor, Assistant Professor and Associate Professor in the then Department of Pathology in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University over the course of 10 years total. While in those roles, Dr. Loeb also served as Director of the Clinical Pathology Laboratory, prior to embarking on an almost 25 year career in industry, followed by 4 years as a consultant to those seeking high standards of service and his insight on an integrative approach to diagnosis.

Through his scholarly and professional activities as well as his enthusiasm for clinical pathology and his willingness to mentor trainees, Dr. Loeb has touched the careers of many. He has authored or co-authored nearly 50 journal publications, 16 book chapters, and the ‘go to’ reference, The Clinical Chemistry of Laboratory Animals, which is a comprehensive textbook of veterinary and comparative clinical chemistry and a classic resource for those in industry and academia engaged in animal model research. Dr. Loeb established Ani Lytics, Inc., a pioneer reference laboratory company providing Good Laboratory Practice (GLP)-compliant clinical pathology services to toxicologic pathology programs in the chemical and pharmaceutical industry.

Dr. Loeb also held significant leadership positions in support of professional organizations during his career. He served as an elected Councilor for the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, President of the American Society for Veterinary Clinical Pathology, and Chairman of the Division of Animal Clinical Chemistry in the American Association for Clinical Chemistry (AACC). He was bestowed the Award for Outstanding Contributions to Animal Clinical Chemistry by the AACC, as well as the Barbara Jean Thompson Award for Outstanding Service to the Charles Louis Davis Foundation for the Advancement of Veterinary and Comparative Pathology. In 2005, the ACVP also recognized Dr. Loeb as one of just 56 Distinguished Members to date since organizing in 1948 and becoming the first veterinary specialty recognized by the American Veterinary Medical Association in 1950.