Dozens of citizens and dignitaries were on hand to celebrate the ribbon cutting for the new South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) at the new building on the SDSU campus, on Friday, September 6.
Attendees heard remarks from South Dakota Lieutenant Governor Larry Rhoden, as well as SDSU President Barry Dunn, South Dakota State Veterinarian Dustin Oedekoven, College of Agriculture, Food, and Environmental Sciences Dean John Killefer, and ADRDL Director Jane Hennings. The ceremony celebrated the facility's upcoming official opening in November.
“Today’s ribbon cutting represents a renewed commitment to the ongoing mission of this lab," said Rhoden. “That commitment ensures that the scientists here who serve the people of South Dakota and the region have the tools they need to more safely identify diseases and conduct important research.”
The $58.6 million expansion and renovation will ensure the facility meets federal standards and provides more space to accommodate new technologies. The updated facility features...
The ribbon is cut, but we haven't moved just yet...
The ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 6 offered a great opportunity to celebrate the accomplishment, as well as the future potential the lab has for people and animals of the region. But ongoing finishing touches on the new building, including floor work and testing and certification of air handlers, are necessary before work can shift to the new facility - a period of time that enables staff and faculty to ready their offices and labs for the move. This includes pathologist Dr. Dale Miskimins (above), using the very latest in equipment to transfer some of his more important reference material!
Construction managers remain hopeful of a mid-November move-over date. The move will be coordinated so lab clients will see no break in service. Watch future issues of Animal Health Matters for a specific date!
Some cattle at high elevations suffer pulmonary artery hypertension, which leads to congestive heart failure, but more cattle are susceptible to bovine congestive heart failure (BCHF), showing up in feedlot animals. BCHF is an untreatable, fatal condition involving pulmonary hypertension that culminates in right ventricular failure, but may begin with left-heart dysfunction. This makes it different from right heart failure at high altitudes because BCHF affects both sides of the heart.
Dr. Milt Thomas, Colorado State University, says the heart problem at high altitudes occurs much earlier in the animal's life, while BCHF generally occurs in the finishing phase in the feedlot. Read more in Sept.-Oct. Feedlot Magazine...
Dale Miskimins Awarded South Dakota Veterinarian of the Year
SDSU Professor and ADRDL pathologist Dr. Dale Miskimins was presented the 2019 Veterinarian of the Year by the South Dakota Veterinary Medical Association at its annual meeting, August 12, in Sioux Falls.
Since coming to SDSU in 1991, Dr.Miskimins has helped veterinarians sort out countless challenging pathology and animal health cases. Having prior experience as a veterinarian in central South Dakota, Dr. Miskimins brings a practitioner mindset to his casework.
Epizootic Hemorrhagic Disease (EHD) Serology Methods Undergo Changes
Veterinary diagnostic labs, including the ADRDL, are adjusting to some changes in the EHD serology testing landscape, as the only company making USDA-licensed AGID kits for EHD closed in June 2019.
After consultation with NVSL and other labs, an alternative testing procedure has been devised. A dual testing protocol that involves AGID and ELISA kits for Bluetongue will be used. Studies found that the AGID test detected antibodies against Bluetongue as well as EHD serotypes 1, 2, 4, and 6 -- while the ELISA only detected Bluetongue antibodies. Using both tests in this manner will differentiate EHD-positive samples from Bluetongue-positive samples. The lab will initially test samples with the AGID, then perform the ELISA on any positives. Each test costs $5.
This protocol has not been approved for export purposes yet, but will be addressed at the Bovine Genetics Export meeting this week. Please call the lab at 605-688-5171 or email with any questions
The ADRDL's Bovine Respiratory Disease PCR panels have proven to be popular tools in determining the presence of these pathogens in individuals and herds involved in BRD outbreaks. Veterinarians who are used to interpreting and using results of bacterial culture for these pathogens face some key differences when PCR panel results are used instead...
Enhancing Animal and Human Health through Service, Education, and Research
Whether for students or for the public, service lies at the center of the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department. Our undergraduate students benefit by receiving an educational foundation that makes them competitive applicants to colleges of veterinary medicine, and our graduate students can sharpen their professional development with the help of a wealth of scientists willing to partner with them in research.
The Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department also has laboratories that help expand service to the public. Prompt and accurate diagnosis of animal health problems is the role of the South Dakota Animal Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, which is one of only 36 accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the nation.
Another critical component of the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department is a dynamic group of researchers who search for new ways to prevent and detect
animal and human diseases.
The interaction of service, discovery, and education that takes place within the Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department results in new knowledge, timely information, and students prepared for careers that make a difference for animals and people alike.
The Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department is a great place from which to launch your career. Give it a look today!