AAVLD Laboratory Of The Month:

The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) system is an AAVLD accredited laboratory, with its two laboratories in Amarillo and College Station housing the only BSL3 laboratories in Texas dedicated to animal disease testing and outbreak response. TVMDL has a total of four laboratories strategically located across agriculture rich areas of Texas. TVMDL employs 165 staff; more than 30 of TVMDL’s professional staff hold a DVM and/or PhD degree; 21 of our professionals are board certified in their area of expertise.

TVMDL started construction on a new, 90,000-square-foot, $53-million facility in College Station in March of 2015 (drawing above), with completion expected to take 18 months. The new laboratory and agency headquarters will house one of the largest veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the country, with BSL2 and BSL3 laboratory space and a full service necropsy suite. The TVMDL recently implemented the Qualtrax quality management software program, enabling TVMDL to predetermine required training for technicians and managers, electronically track and store training documents and electronically route documents for editing or approval.

In Texas, agriculture directly accounts for 56,000 jobs, livestock and livestock product exports total $3.6B annually, plus 56% of all Texas households own at least one pet. TVMDL works daily to be the laboratory of choice for both livestock and companion animal practitioners and owners. The drug testing lab at College Station holds ISO 17025 accreditation from the A2LA. The pari-mutuel horse and greyhound racing industry in Texas and several of the nation’s largest livestock shows rely on TVMDL to screen for illegal and regulated therapeutic drugs in performance animals.

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AAVLD membership now totals over 1000, with members from more than 32 countries worldwide.The following are among the benefits and resources AAVLD provides to its members. AAVLD newsletter, Journal of Veterinary Diagnostic Investigation, AAVLD discussion list, Annual Meeting, Committees, Information of interest to our members, AAVLD maintains a distribution list in order to inform members in a timely matter of topics of particular interest. If you provided an email address upon joining the AAVLD, you will be automatically added to this list. A variety of notices are sent to this list monthly. read more...

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