Do You Know the Best Samples to Send in for Anthrax?
Anthrax is a serious disease of cattle that pops up somewhere almost every year in South Dakota, with the potential to cause high numbers of death losses on pasture. Cattle encounter the causative bacteria (Bacillus anthracis) when they graze close to the ground or when spores have been washed up on grass from previous pasture flooding.Read more
"One Health" Meeting Covers Zoonotic Disease Prevention on Farm Visits and Public Animal Exhibits
Zoonotic disease experts and food animal producers who welcome the public to view their animals learned from each other at the most recent "South Dakota One Health" seminar, held June 21 at the USD Health Science Center in Sioux Falls. Public animal exhibits provide excellent learning opportunitiesRead more
New ADRDL Building Beginning to Take Shape
ADRDL construction crews were able to make up some lost time during the relatively good weather conditions this past month.The picture also shows progress on the new animal barn, which is scheduled to be complete over the next two weeks. In addition to this work, much progress has been made on footings for the other portion of the building, along with storm sewer and water line installation.
Prompt and Accurate Veterinary Diagnostic Services
The South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) has served the citizens of the state and region with timely and accurate veterinary diagnostic services since 1887. A dedicated and experienced staff performs a full range of diagnostic testing services that arm veterinarians and health officials with the information they need to protect and improve animal and therefore, human health.
The staff of the ADRDL are nationally recognized for their skill in diagnosing key diseases of cattle, pigs, and other livestock. Additionally, the ADRDL supports veterinarians and caretakers of horses and companion animals, plays a vital role in identifying zoonotic diseases such as rabies, and helps to keep our food supply safe by testing food products for bacteria that may cause food-borne illness.
The ADRDL is American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians(AAVLD) accredited. In addition, the lab is an integral member of the USDA National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), a network of diagnostic laboratories across the US that help detect nationally significant animal diseases such as influenza and Foot & Mouth Disease. Expertise in detecting agents of food-borne illness is important in the ADRDL's role as a regional laboratory for the Food Emergency Response Network(FERN). Participation by the ADRDL in the FDA Veterinary Laboratory Investigation Response Network (Vet-LIRN) (hotlink this name to the link below… https://www.fda.gov/AnimalVeterinary/ScienceResearch/ucm247334.htm helps to document, investigate, and diagnose animal feed or drug related illnesses. These efforts can contribute to overall food safety as animal feed events could signal potential issues in human food. The ADRDL also contributes to the FDA Genome Trakr.