Pascal Leroy was born in Namur, Belgium, in 1951. He received the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Medicine at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Liège (1975), Master in Computer Science, Brussels (1979) and the « Agrégation de l'Enseignement Supérieur » (AES, PhD) in Veterinary Science of the University of Liège (1981). After studying Veterinary Medicine, he began an academic career at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of the University of Liège. Specialist in mathematical models of genetic evaluation and in the muscular hypertrophy of genetic origin in cattle (Belgian blue cattle), pigs (Pietrain, Stress negative line), and sheep (Double muscled Texel), he went through all stages of the academic career and became Professor in 1988. He was elected Dean of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Liège (1996 to 2002), Vice Dean (2006-2010) and was reelected Dean since 2010. In 2004, he became Chairman of the Steering Committee for Agricultural Research in the Walloon Region. In 2014 he became Deputy Vice Rector for International Relations of the University of Liege.
Passionate about animal production in the tropics, he founded “Vétérinaires Sans Frontières » (VSF) in Belgium in 1994 and he created the Tropical Veterinary Institute of the University of Liège in 1995. From 1996 to 1998, he chaired the Development Cooperation Centre (CECODEL) of the University of Liège and became the Vice-President of the University Commission for Development (CUD) of the CIUF.
Genetic improvement of animal production in temperate and tropical regions (Africa, Asia, Middle East, South America) are the main interest of Pascal Leroy.