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Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory Participation As A Level 1 Laboratory in The National Animal Health Laboratory Network.

Baszler, T.
Washington State University
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This is a new proposal for participation of WSU-WADDL (Pullman and Puyallup) in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) as a Level 1 Member Laboratory in FY2016. WADDL previously participated as a Core Laboratory in the NAHLN under Cooperative Agreement titled NAHLN:WA. Objectives of the WADDL plan of work for FY16 are to: (1) maintain the current laboratory infrastructure (space and equipment) for routine surveillance and high throughput emergency response testing; (2) maintain qualified personnel who are approved and proficiency tested on all tests and platforms required by the NAHLN; (3) participate in USDA/APHIS contracted surveillance programs for Avian Influenza Virus (AIV), Swine Influenza Virus (SIV), Exotic Newcastle Disease (END), Classical Swine Fever (CSF), Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE), Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD), Scrapie, Infectious Salmon Anemia Virus (ISAV), Viral Hemorrhagic Septicemia Virus (VHSV) and any new programs implemented by APHIS in the next year; (4) maintain full accreditation under AAVLD Accreditation Standards; (5) continue electronic messaging of all NAHLN generated data consistent with development of the NAHLN database, (6) assist with development and provision of Quality Management System training at NVSL, Ames; and (7) continue maintenance of quality management system online training modules for supplementation of course training, workshops, and distance learning. The project objectives address the following animal disease diagnostic laboratory issues identified as priorities in the request for applications: (1) quality system; (2) staff training for foreign and emerging animal diseases; (3) laboratory information management system (including NAHLN messaging); (4) NAHLN sample handling, processing, and testing capacities (including enhancement of biocontainment capabilities); (5) inter-laboratory activities in support of the goals of the NAHLN; and (6) other integrated activities (research, education, and/or outreach/service) in support of the goals of the NAHLN and agricultural security.
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Nat'l. Inst. of Food and Agriculture
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Viruses and Prions
Education and Training