Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory Operations

$80,000 increase 

Iowa State’s Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) processes more than 75,000 cases from livestock and poultry producers in Iowa and from across the country and conducts about 1.5 million tests each year. The timely, comprehensive, high-quality diagnosis of diseases is critical to serving the state’s $17 billion animal agriculture industry. The laboratory is essential in providing the diagnostic testing and information enabling continuation of current exports and development of new export markets for Iowa livestock and animal protein products. As one of the 12 core labs for the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, the VDL continues to be at the forefront in the nation’s response to emerging diseases such as High-Path Avian Influenza Virus, Canine Influenza Virus, and Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea virus. VDL faculty and staff were the first to diagnose cases of Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea in 2013, leading national efforts to develop and deploy diagnostic testing, and developing and testing new vaccines to control the condition. The VDL was also at the forefront during the recent High-Path Avian Influenza Virus outbreak in Iowa which demanded that the laboratory run in multiple shifts seven days per week to assure timely testing. Additional funding is needed to purchase equipment and technologies to advance diagnostic testing capabilities for Iowa livestock producers, additional staffing to conduct testing in the laboratory, and upgrade information technology capabilities for reporting results to clients and improving the response to disease introduction.