Kevin Snekvik

Kevin Snekvik

Executive Director, WA Animal Disease Diagnostic LaboratoryAquatic Health Lab Professor   1845 E GRIMES WAY

Dr. Kevin Snekvik is a professor in the Department of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology and serves as executive director and aquatic health section head at the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL). He earned a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and PhD from WSU and is board certified in veterinary anatomic pathology.

His ongoing extramurally-funded research focuses on the pathogenesis, immunological response, diagnosis, surveillance, and detection of a variety of viral, bacterial, and parasitic pathogens of veterinary significance in terrestrial animals and fish.

Dr. Snekvik has expertise in health and disease surveillance for interstate and international movement of both terrestrial animals and live aquaculture products, as well as diagnostic and regulatory testing of terrestrial animals and marine and freshwater fish including wild and aquaculture species.

Part of his duties includes diagnostic service responsibilities and involvement with veterinary students and post-DVM pathology resident/PhD training with a strong emphasis on pathology, comparative immunology, and the pathogenesis of aquatic animal disease.


  • PhD, Washington State University, 2002
  • DVM, Washington State University, 1994
  • BS, Zoology, Washington State University, 1991


  • Board certified, American College of Veterinary Pathologists, (Diplomate ACVP), anatomic pathology

Research Interest

  • Diagnostic medicine and infectious disease surveillance
  • Pathogenesis of infectious and non-infectious disease
  • Disruption of pathogen transmission.


Professional Service

  • USDA National Aquaculture Health Plan & Standards-Technical Working Group, 2021-present
  • American Fisheries Society (AFS) – Blue Book Revision Steering Committee, 2021-present
  • USDA Aquatic Animal Diagnostic Assay Working Group, 2020-present
  • National Aquaculture Association (NAA) – Aquatic Animal Health Committee, 2018-present
  • American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD)
    • Executive Board Northwest Region Representative, 2015-2021
    • AAVLD/USAHA Joint Committee on the NAHLN, 2019-present
    • AAVLD Government Relations Committee, 2019-present
    • Co-chair AAVLD/USAHA Aquaculture committee, 2005-2014
  • American Fisheries Society (AFS)-Fish Health Section (FHS) – Technical Standards Committee, 2012-2015
  • American Veterinary Medical Association, Aquatic Veterinary Medicine Committee (Diagnostic services), 2013-2016; 2016-2019

Honors and Awards

  • Inaugural Ed McLeary Distinguished Professor in Aquatic Animal Health, 2011-2023