ADRDL Celebrates Ribbon Cutting For New Facility
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!
Did your Positive BRD Result Come from PCR or Culture? Sorting out the Differences
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...READ MORE ABOUT THIS STUDY
ADRDL Food Safety Microbiology Lab Achieves ISO 17025 Certification
The ADRDL's Food Safety Microbiology Laboratory (FSM) recently received official notice of their certification as an ISO 17025 certified laboratory. ISO 17025 certification is the main standard used by testing and calibration laboratories worldwide, and includes certification of the competence of the lab's management, staff, equipment, and methods.
The certification is the culmination of an extensive review process undertaken by FSM and ADRDL personnel, with assistance from the A2LA accreditation body. Pictured above (left photo, L-R) are Deb Murray, FSM Senior Microbiologist; Laura Ruesch, FSM Research Associate; Rajesh Parmar, ADRDL Quality Manager; Zach Lau, FSM Microbiologist; and Heidi Phillips, A2LA assessor.
The ISO 17025:2017 standard describes the strict requirements for a laboratory’s technical and quality management system. Constant improvement...
SDSU ADRDL’s Active Surveillance for African Swine Fever
The outbreak of African Swine Fever in China and other countries has swine producers and veterinarians on edge about the possibility of an incursion into the US swine herd. Since early detection is critical to efforts to contain such a disease, the USDA is partnering with the swine industry, states, and veterinary diagnostic labs on an ASF surveillance effort.
Testing for ASF will focus on high-risk animals, which includes sick pig submissions to veterinary diagnostic laboratories. Diagnostic submissions of pigs with certain clinical or post-mortem signs are eligible; both ASF and Classical Swine Fever tests will be performed at the same time. Negative results will be reported to the submitter, and there is no cost to the client for this test; charges are paid by the USDA.
Q and A: Cryptosporidiosis Diagnosis at the ADRDL
With the onset of "calf scours season," we asked some questions of Dr. Angela Pillatzki, DVM, MS, DACVP, ADRDL pathologist and section leader for the clinical pathology section; and Julie Colby, principal microbiologist in the section, about one of the lab's more common diagnostic requests: cryptosporidiosis.
Q. What is the preferred sample for cryptosporidiosis detection, and what is the best way to submit the sample to the lab?
A. Fecal material in a sealed plastic bag or plastic container (e.g. pill vial). Whatever container is used should have a good seal so it will not leak during transport. Keeping the sample cool during transport and submitting samples in a timely manner are always good ideas.
Q. Are there any conditions that would make a sample unsuitable for crypto testing?
A. Overall, fecal samples are pretty stable for the crypto testing we perform. Paying attention to...
Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae blocking ELISA (DAKO)
We have been informed that the Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae blocking ELISA (DAKO) will now be on back order. This test kit will not be available until March 2020. Our current plan will be to perform M. hyopneumoniae screening ELISA’s with the IDEXX Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae ELISA regardless of the request on the submission form. While supplies last, the DAKO confirmatory test will be run on Tuesday and Friday, only. The reason for these restrictions is to conserve the limited supply of control sera that come with each kit.
When troubleshooting Mycoplasma hyopneumoniae unexpected suspect/positive results, it is recommended that additional serum samples be collected from pigs in close contact with the reactor. This is because positive populations will have more than one pig exposed and producing antibody. In cases where a secondary test is desired to further evaluate individuals or herds testing M. hyopneumoniae-positive by current serological assay(s), consider M. hyopneumoniae PCR testing on tracheal-bronchial swabs. This is an increasingly-utilized diagnostic tool used to assess the active circulation of M. hyopneumoniae in swine herds.
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.
NOTE: Starting April 1st, as per the AAVLD Accreditation requirements, full diagnostic laboratory reports will be sent labeled as "preliminary", indicating some results are still pending, or "final", where no test results are pending. Previously, for some cases, only the newest results were sent via e-mail or fax.
Thank you for your understanding of this requirement. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact the laboratory.