The University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory
(MVDL) has named one of its diagnosticians assistant director. Albert Rovira, DVM, MS, Ph.D. ,
assumed the post in July. He has been a large animal diagnostician with the MVDL since 2008.
In his new role, Rovira will lead efforts to build stakeholder relationships and improve internal
“Dr. Rovira has demonstrated strong leadership in developing and nurturing key relationships
between the MVDL and other public and private organizations,” says Jerry Torrison, DVM, Ph.D.,
DACVPM, director of the MVDL. “He also has played a central role in our continuous efforts to
improve the efficiency and quality of our operations.”
Rovira has a proven track record in building successful collaborations between the MVDL and
multiple partners, including research teams at the University’s College of Veterinary Medicine,
to public organizations such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture or the Minnesota Board of
Animal Health, and pharmaceutical companies. He has also been a leader in evaluating and
advising clients on new diagnostic sampling techniques.
A native of Barcelona, Spain, Rovira earned his DVM and master’s from the Universitat
Autonoma de Barcelona, and his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Since 2000, he
has published more than 40 peer-reviewed articles and served as the lead- or co-investigator on
more than 35 research projects. As a large animal diagnostician, Rovira consults with clients on
a daily basis to equip them with the best diagnostic tools available, elucidate test results, and
implement effective disease-fighting strategies.
For more about the MVDL, visit the organization’s website or call 612-625-8787.