Craig Carter, DVM, Ph.D, Dipl. ACVPM
Director, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Professional Profile


2007 – Present

Director & Full Tenured Professor, Department of Veterinary Science, College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky


Serve as chief administrator of a full-service veterinary diagnostic laboratory with 8 faculty, three pathology residents and 58 scientists, technicians and support staff. The laboratory accessions on average 60,000 clinical cases annually from over 500 veterinary hospitals throughout Kentucky and the U.S. Prepare and manage a $3.8M annual budget; Prepare and implement strategic and operational plans; Manage promotion, tenure and evaluations of faculty and staff; Oversee major facilities renovations and expansions; Assure that all laboratory sections have the necessary instrumentation and other tools to accomplish the laboratory mission; Plan for emergency management of endemic, emerging, foreign or intentionally introduced diseases; Work with the Deans and government relations staff to help prepare and defend and support legislative budget requests; Support the Office of the State Veterinarian and the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Kentucky. Oversaw $28.5M major renovation/expansion project of the laboratory (doubling of square footage to 67K assignable sq. ft., completed--May, 2011). Research/Teaching— Extramural grant funding ($7M to date); Oversee graduate study programs, manage grant research projects; Oversee post-doctoral program in pathology, recruit students; Develop & teach university and international courses; Deliver scientific lectures and presentations (100+); Serve as graduate student professor (5 currently); Conduct research on animal diseases and animal health issues with emphasis on infectious and zoonotic diseases, state, US and international; Monitor disease trends in Kentucky and across the US; publish in the peer-reviewed and lay scientific literature (100+).

2006 – Present

Full Tenured Professor, Epidemiology (Joint Appointment), College of Public Health, University of Kentucky.Guest lecture on request; serve on graduate committees and advise graduate students.

 2005 - 2007

Professor, Epidemiology, College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky (full-tenured appointment). Design, conduct and publish research and epidemiological studies in support of the livestock industries with emphasis on zoonotic diseases. Design and establish statewide information systems to support animal disease surveillance, zoonoses reporting and epidemiological studies. Interact directly with AVIC, State Veterinarian and staff, practicing veterinarians, farm managers, extension agents and others to coordinate clinical cases and to aid in managing disease outbreaks. Write grants for extramural funding in support of epidemiological research projects. Publish peer-reviewed scientific papers and lay articles. Manage graduate students. Lecture in select classes. Serve on departmental, college, university, state and national committees.




Command and General Staff College, U.S. Army, Fort Leavenworth, KS


Ph.D, Veterinary Public Health, Texas A&M University


MS, Epidemiology, Texas A&M University


DVM, Texas A&M University


BS, Biomedical/Computer Sciences, Texas A&M University

Areas of Interest

Epidemiology, equine research