South Dakota State University recently cut the ribbon on the new $58-million South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) on the Brookings campus.
The ADRDL expansion and renovation is “critical to animal health, public health and food safety,” according to Dustin Oedekoven, South Dakota state veterinarian. “This facility will protect the dedicated and talented people who work in the laboratory and will give them the tools to do the best work possible. Expert veterinary laboratory diagnostic and research capacity is important for the timely identification of emerging and zoonotic diseases, and for the continuity of business when animal health events occur."
ADRDL is the only accredited, full-service, all-species veterinary diagnostic laboratory in South Dakota. It also is the only veterinary diagnostic laboratory in the state accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. In addition, the laboratory is part of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, a network of diagnostic laboratories across the U.S. that help detect nationally significant animal diseases such as influenza, foot and mouth and African swine fever.
ADRDL can also identify pathogens in food and investigate potential problems with animal feeds and pharmaceuticals.
The new facility will enhance services the lab provides; reduce diagnostic turnaround times; and improve worker safety, biosecurity and biocontainment.
Following the staff’s move in the new lab, renovation will begin on the old building. It will be turned into a teaching and research center.Source: SDSU, which is solely responsible for the information provided and is wholly owned by the source. Informa Business Media and all its subsidiaries are not responsible for any of the content contained in this information asset.