Animal & Veterinary
CVM Connects with Veterinary Labs
by Wai Shan So, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA
Renate Reimschuessel, VMD, PhD
April Yvonne Hodges, PhD, LN
Sarah Yachetti, MS
On March 3rd and 4th, 2011, the Veterinary Laboratory Response Network (Vet-LRN) held its first developmental meeting at the Greenbelt Marriot in Greenbelt, Md. Established as a program to coordinate the facilities, equipment, and professional expertise of government and veterinary diagnostic labs across the U.S. and Canada, Vet-LRN’s mission is to provide scientific information, build laboratory capacity, and train scientists. Vet-LRN is also designed to help CVM’s scientists investigate potential problems with FDA-regulated products, such as animal feed and animal drugs.
By working with veterinary diagnostic laboratories, Vet-LRN will be able to provide rapid responses to reports of animal injury and establish protocols to facilitate veterinary diagnostic laboratories that report to FDA. The network will also work with veterinary diagnostic laboratories to document, investigate, and diagnose animal feed or drug related illnesses.
Food Emergency Response Network (FERN) National Training Conference
(Portland, Ore., May 10-12, 2011)
Members of the Vet-LRN program will be attending this conference to provide an update on 2010 projects.
More information about Vet-LRN can be found on the network’s website.
Bernadette Dunham, DVM, PhD
David White, PhD
Dan McChesney, PhD
Christopher Melluso, DVM
Lee Anne Palmer, VMD
Alfred Montgomery, DVM
Speakers representing different veterinary diagnostic laboratories (the laboratories in attendance are also associated with the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN), the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD), and the Food Emergency Response Network (FERN)