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CVM Connects with Veterinary Labs

by Wai Shan So, Center for Veterinary Medicine, FDA

Vet-LRN Leaders

Renate Reimschuessel, VMD, PhD
Program Director, Vet-LRN

April Yvonne Hodges, PhD, LN
Coordinator, Vet-LRN

Sarah Yachetti, MS
Chemist, Vet-LRN

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.

Upcoming Event:

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.


Meeting Presenters

Bernadette Dunham, DVM, PhD
Director, Center for Veterinary Medicine

David White, PhD
Director, Office of Research, CVM

Dan McChesney, PhD
Director, Office of Surveillance and Compliance, CVM

Christopher Melluso, DVM
Emergency Coordinator
Complaint Emergency Recall Team (CERT)
Office of Surveillance and Compliance, CVM

Deborah Cera
Supervisory Team Leader
Drug Residue Compliance Team
Office of Surveillance and Compliance, CVM

Lee Anne Palmer, VMD
Team Leader
Adverse Event Review Team
Office of Surveillance and Compliance, CVM

Alfred Montgomery, DVM
Counterterrorism Coordinator, CVM

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)