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Three members of AAVLD site team listening to quality manager seated at computer
ADRDL Quality Manager Rajesh Parmar (seated) answers a question for AAVLD evaluators (L-R: Michelle Lucey, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Keith Bailey, Oklahoma State University; and Dr. Beverly Byrum, Ohio Department of Agriculture, far right) during their visit to SDSU, September10, 2018. Rita Miller, ADRDL Program Assistant, 3rd from right, looks on.

ADRDL Hosts Accreditation Site Visit

Three members of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians Accreditation Committee paid a 3-day visit to the ADRDL for the purpose of assessing the laboratory for the renewal of its AAVLD accreditation, September 10-12. 

While here, the team, consisting of laboratory directors and quality assurance managers from other AAVLD labs, reviewed standard operating procedures and documentation, while visiting with each laboratory section.  The team also met with university administrators and a group of ADRDL stakeholders.

The site visit is simply one step in the AAVLD accreditation process, which began with the submission of application materials and documentation for committee review.  This 682-page document was prepared by lab personnel under the direction of Quality Manager Rajesh Parmar and assistant Quality Manager Amanda Brock, and was completed in July.  Findings from the site visit will be   Read more...
Steel frame of new diagnostic lab on August 27.
Steel frame of new diagnostic lab showing progress, on Sept. 24.

ADRDL Construction Update

The pictures above depict the progress on the new ADRDL building over the past month.  The bottom picture, from Monday, Sept. 24, shows the addition of decking and roofing to "Areas C" (new diagnostic laboratory) and "Area B" (office section between the diagnostic lab and existing building).  Exterior wall construction continues on the second story, as well as insulation paneling on the penthouse of Area C. 

Construction progress has been on schedule despite several inches of rain in Brookings over the past week.  The anticipated move-in date for the new lab is still set for sometime in Fall 2019. 
Microbiologist Matt Miller seated at lab bench streaking a petri dish.

Mathew Miller Joins Bacteriology Section

Microbiologist Mathew Miller joined the ADRDL's bacteriology section on September 17.  Mathew comes to SDSU from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game, where he most recently was engaged in sage grouse conservation research. 

Mathew earned a degree in wildlife biology, with a minor in watershed science, from Colorado State University.  Following graduation, he worked at Washington State University in their food and waterborne disease group, a position that involved work with dairy farms in the area.  Mathew's experience also includes grizzly bear trapping and research with US Fish and Wildlife Service and the University of Montana.  

A native of Fort Lupton, Colorado, Mathew grew up around cattle and horses, with some rodeo experience to boot.  Welcome, Mathew to the ADRDL!  

Reminder - North Campus Drive Road Closure:
Alternate Traffic Routes to ADRDL

The stretch of North Campus Drive from Medary Ave. east to the ADRDL (denoted by "X"s on the map) remains closed to traffic in order to facilitate a major utility project.  This closure will last until December, 2018. 

Access to the ADRDL remains in place via a detour on North Campus Drive (red lines on map).  The detour can  be accessed off the Highway 14 bypass via Stadium Drive or Jackrabbit Avenue. 

Please call the ADRDL at 605-688-5171 if you have questions. 
Whitetailed deer with antlers standing in field
Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) Testing at ADRDL
In areas where the SD Game Fish and Parks is not performing surveillance for CWD, the ADRDL can perform testing on hunter-killed deer.  The head can be submitted to the laboratory, in which case the total cost is $70.35.  This includes the process of obtaining lymph node and obex, the ELISA test itself, and the case accession and university fees.  Any confirmatory testing is additional.  Results are typically available within 7-10 days.  Please note that the head cannot be returned after sampling.
Reminders for veterinarians submitting CWD samples:
  • Place obex and lymph node in separate whirl-paks.
  • When pushing the air out of the whirl-paks, avoid squeezing the tissues, as it makes it more difficult to cut the proper area.
  • Properly label samples and include the animal's location on the submission form.
Find out how to properly collect obex and lymph nodes in this document.
Colby Jack, a yellow lab seated in a boat.
Reminder from the Lab
The ADRDL will be closed on Native American Day, Monday, Oct. 8.
Pieces and Parts
Dr. Dale Miskimins presented a case at the Western Conference of Veterinary Diagnostic Pathologists meeting in Newport, OR, Sept. 6-9. 

The ADRDL hosted a group from Dakota Provisions on a tour of the facilities on September 7. 

Dr. Chris Chase presented on "Immunology of the Young Calf" at the annual meeting of the American Association of Bovine Practitioners, Sept. 10-14, in Phoenix, AZ.  While there, he also served as the SDSU representative for the NC-107 group of bovine respiratory disease researchers. 

Dr. Russ Daly participated in a communication exercise at the regional Dairy Industry Crisis Drill in Arlington, TX, Sept. 11-12.

Dr. Jane Hennings participated in the Leman Swine Conference held in St. Paul, MN, Sept. 16-18.  At the same conference, Dr. Diego Diel addressed the attendees on "Senecavirus A: Lessons Learned and Future Perspectives."

Dana Rausch is attending the Whole Genome Sequencing workshop at the American Society for Microbiology conference in Tysons Corner, VA, Sept. 21-26. 

Amanda Brock is attending the National Society for Histology convention in St. Louis, MO, Sept. 21-26.

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Upcoming Events:

October 8: Native American Day holiday - Lab closed
October 13: Hobo Day at SDSU
November 12: Veterans Day holiday observed - Lab closed
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