ADRDL Building Project Progresses; Refacing of Existing Building to Begin
Contractors continue to make progress on the new ADRDL facility, being constructed to the north of the existing ADRDL on the SDSU campus. Exterior work on the building has largely been completed, with exterior site work (loading docks, curb, paving, etc.) occurring now. Interiors of most of the labs are taking shape, with cabinetry and case work installed. Currently, a major push for contractors is the mechanical spaces in the new building (air handling, heating and cooling). In order to sufficiently accommodate this work, the anticipated date for the move-in to the new building has been pushed to mid-November, 2019.
The next step in the overall project will focus on the existing 1967 and 1993 ADRDL buildings. These buildings will be refaced to match the exterior of the new ADRDL (see artist rendering below). This work will also allow for much needed improvements in waterproofing, foundation, and insulation. Work to renovate this building for teaching and research will commence following move-in to the new ADRDL; roof replacement has already begun on the older building sections.
Planning is underway for an Open House for the new ADRDL, to occur prior to the move-in date - likely in early fall. Stay tuned for forthcoming details!
Shaelyn Westergard Joins ADRDL Serology Section
The ADRDL is welcoming Shaelyn Westergard as a newly-hired Microbiologist working in the Serology Section. She comes to us from North Dakota State University, where she graduated in May with honors, completing a BS Degree in Microbiology and a minor in Biotechnology. Prior to, and during, her studies, Shaelyn served the North Dakota Air National Guard as an Imagery Analyst. A native of Barrett, Minnesota, Shaelyn began her duties at SDSU on July 8.
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
Antibiotic Resistance in People and Animals: Successful One Health Seminar in Rapid City
Edgemont veterinarian Erica Koller (pictured above) was one of the featured speakers at the most recent South Dakota One Health seminar, "Preserving the Usefulness of Antibiotics for People and Animals," held at Regional Hospital in Rapid City on March 1. Dr. Koller used the activities of a typical day in livestock practice to demonstrate common uses of antibiotics in veterinary medicine.
Keynoting the conference was a presentation by Dr. James Keegan, Regional Health Infectious Disease Physician, and Randee Mason, RN, BSN, CPHQ, on antimicrobial stewardship in medical settings, as well as an overview of how antibiotics affect the human microbiome. Subsequent presentations covered other aspects of antibiotic use in people and animals, all with the goal of...
Researcher at the Forefront of Solving Swine Health Questions
Senecavirus A poses tricky problems for swine producers and veterinarians because the disease looks similar to Foot and Mouth Disease. A blood test, along with diagnostic reagents developed at SDSU by Dr. Steve Lawson's (above, right) lab enable faster, more sensitive ways to differentiate between the diseases...Read about these tests at the Pork Checkoff site
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!