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NAHLN Training Activities

Training on quality management systems 
The NAHLN Program Office collaborated with members of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) Accreditation Committee and National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL) personnel to develop and deliver a Quality Management System (QMS) Training Program. The training program provided an interactive class environment that included training on quality system requirements, the accreditation process, document control, internal auditing, and root cause analysis. In addition, a wet laboratory provided the opportunity for participants to conduct an audit, recognize non-conformances, analyze the root cause, and write corrective actions.

The QMS Training Program was held at the National Centers for Animal Health in Ames, Iowa:

  • August 3-5, 2010: A total of 87 participants representing 53 laboratories attended the training, including 40 NAHLN Laboratories, 8 prospective laboratories, 4 Federal laboratories (NVSL in Ames, Iowa; NVSL's Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Plum Island, New York; USDA laboratory in Topeka, Kansas; Plant Protection and Quarantine (PPQ)), and one guest from the University of Montreal.

  • April 12-14, 2011: NAHLN, along with AAVLD and PPQ, hosted this session of the QMS Training course. Eighteen state laboratories from throughout the country were represented, with twenty seven participants attending.

  • August 2-4, 2011: Twenty-six participants from ten state laboratories throughout the United States and five international countries were in attendance. Participants from Russia, Ukraine and Kazakhstan were supported by International Services. Participants from Kenya and Tanzania were supported by the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Heath.

  • June 4-8, 2012: Individual training provided to a participant as a part of a two month International Scientific Exchange Scholar program.

  • July 24-27, 2012:  Fifty-one participants from 13 state laboratories throughout the United States and 10 international countries were in attendance. Participants from international countries were supported by International Services.

  •  August 6-9, 2013:  Sixty-two participants from 26 state laboratories throughout the United States and Canada and 19 international countries were in attendance.  Participants from international countries were supported by International Services.

IT Messaging Training
The NAHLN hosted an IT Messaging Training course on August 9-10, 2011, held at the National Centers for Animal Health in Ames, Iowa. Ten state laboratories from throughout the country were represented with seventeen participants attending. The training material covered an overview of NAHLN and IT message standards, HL7 content mapping, terminology mapping, message construction options, message transport and security, and message creation. The sessions included one day of classroom instruction and one day of hands-on training.

High-throughput equipment training
Kansas State University hosted training workshops for high-throughput equipment in May-July 2008. The sessions were held in collaboration with the NVSL's Diagnostic Virology Laboratory and Foreign Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory. Representatives from 31 NAHLN laboratories participated in a two-day training course that included an overview of high-throughput systems, instruction on equipment programming, and breakout sessions for hands-on training. High-throughput systems have been validated for use with real-time PCR for avian influenza (AI), classical swine fever (CSF), and foot-and-mouth disease (FMD). Upon completion of training, participants were tested for proficiency.

 



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