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Pre-Veterinary Students Awarded Stethoscopes in SDVMA/SDSU Ceremony
The advancement of twelve South Dakota State University  students into veterinary school was highlighted at a Stethoscope and Scholarship ceremony in Brookings in April. The students completed pre-veterinary sciences courses and will move to specialized universities to complete their training to become veterinarians.
In Memory: James Bailey, DVM - 1923-2017
James H. Bailey, D.V.M., age 93, of Brookings, SD, died May 12, 2017, at the Brookings Hospital.  Funeral services were held Friday, May 19, at the First Presbyterian Church, Brookings, SD, with burial in Atlantic, IA, on Tuesday, May 23, 2017.  James was born August 12, 1923, to Ross Campbell Bailey and Louisa (Munsen) Bailey in Bancroft, IA.  He grew up in Atlantic, IA   Read more...

New Multiplex PCR Test Detects PRRS and Influenza A Viruses from the Same Sample

A cost effective method for simultaneously detecting porcine reproductive and respiratory syndrome (PRRSV) and influenza A virus in swine (IAV-S) for respiratory disease surveillance was developed at Tetracore, Inc. (Rockville, MD) and validated here at the South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory. Read more...

South Dakota One Health Meeting Examines Vaccine Use in People and Animals
A crowd of over 80 people learned about the similarities and differences between vaccines for animals and vaccines for people at the most recent “South Dakota One Health” seminar.  The ninth in an ongoing series, this meeting was held April 26, 2017, at the Sanford USD Medical School in Sioux Falls.  Participants were from a wide variety of backgrounds and fields of expertise, including health care providers, educators, veterinarians, public health agencies, animal health agencies, lab technicians, and researchers.  Read more...

New Hires at the ADRDL
Dr. Nuria Garcia-Fernandez (left) is the new Bench Leader for the SDSU ADRDL Bacteriology section.  Dr. Garcia-Fernandez holds a DVM from University of Extremadura (Spain) and a Ph.D. from SDSU.  She brings vast diagnostic and research experience to her new role, including molecular detection of Salmonella in egg farms, bovine tuberculosis, and antimicrobial resistance of aerobic and anaerobic Gram-negative bacteria.

Dr Garcia-Fernandez worked previously in the SDSU Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences Department at VBSD with Dr. David Francis as a postdoctoral researcher on a project involving antimicrobial resistance of intestinal bacteria isolated from pigs fed with growth promotants. More recently she worked at the SDSU Dairy and Food Science Department, investigating formation and removal of biofilms from dairy filtration systems.

In her role as Bench Leader, Nuria participates in the daily routine diagnostic bacteriology cases, as well as collaborative research projects.  She also maintains quality systems for the Bacteriology section, and coordinates the development and implementation of new diagnostic tests.

Celena Sass (right), a native of Rapid City, recently joined the SDSU ADRDL receiving section.  Celena began at the ADRDL as a student worker in the Molecular Diagnostics section.  While there, she split her duties between Molecular Diagnostics and the Receiving office, which was a great springboard to her current position.  Celena is responsible for receiving daily diagnostic samples from UPS and other delivery systems, unpacking packages, identifying and labeling samples, and entering sample and test data into the lab information management system.  Celena is currently working on completing a BS degree in hospitality management and tourism at SDSU.


Reminder from the Lab

  • The ADRDL will be closed on Monday, May 29, in observance of Memorial Day. 

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Upcoming Events:

June 1-2, 2017: SDVMA Summer Meeting: Ultrasound in Mixed Animal Practice  More info...

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