September 29, 2022

 

Missouri, US university breaks ground for US$30 million expansion of veterinary lab


 

Ground has broken in Missouri, the United States, on a US$30 million renovation and expansion at the University of Missouri College of Veterinary Medicine's Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory.

 

Performing over 167,000 diagnostic tests on companion and agricultural animals, wildlife and zoo animals annually, the Level 1 Laboratory of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network plays a large role in early detection, testing and post-outbreaks of foreign and emerging animal diseases, such as avian influenza, African swine fever, classical swine fever and foot-and-mouth disease.

 

The laboratory supports clients from 110 Missouri counties and 45 US states.

 

The facility's expansion and renovation will include 34,200 square feet added to the existing building, including:

 

    - Separate receiving areas and laboratories for routine, high-risk and foreign animal disease and biosecurity cases;

 

    - Separate laboratory spaces for clean materials and diseased or infected materials;

 

    - Space for client consultation;

 

    - An area for after-hours sample drop-offs;

 

    - Space for laboratory teaching and research;

 

    - ADA accessible entrances.

 

The construction of the facility is expected to be complete by summer of 2024.

 

- Farm Journal's PORK

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