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Steven Leary, DVM Retirement

Published May 30, 2017

Dear Colleagues,​

Steven Leary, DVM, Assistant Vice Chancellor for Veterinary Affairs/Director of the Division of Comparative Medicine, has announced that he will retire at the end of this fiscal year, effective June 30, 2017.

As the university’s Institutional Attending Veterinarian, Steve has provided for the well-being and clinical care of animals at one of the nation’s largest and most complex animal research programs. During his 25-year tenure, Steve has overseen the evolution of the university’s animal program from 28 departmentally managed facilities to a centralized program through the Division of Comparative Medicine with four new, large facilities. He has directed an organization of more than 150 employees who, on a daily basis, support the veterinary medical care, husbandry services and facilities operations for animals used in research and teaching.

Steve’s expertise and contributions to laboratory animal science have national reach and recognition through his publications and numerous leadership positions on editorial boards and prominent animal research associations. At Washington University and nationally, Steve has been a strong advocate for the humane and continuously improved care of laboratory animals.

Please join me in offering gratitude and appreciation to Steve for his years of service and leadership in the Division of Comparative Medicine.

To recruit a successor of the highest caliber, we have convened a committee to conduct a national search. The position profile can be found here. If you have questions about the position, please contact Mark Prosperi at or 314.935.2844.

Jennifer K. Lodge, PhD
Professor, Molecular Microbiology
Associate Dean for Research
Vice Chancellor for Research
Washington University in St. Louis