The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is recognizing the 20-year anniversary of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). The NAHLN and USDA’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) are celebrating 20 years of partnering with the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and 42 states to protect American animal agriculture by providing animal health diagnostic testing for detecting biological threats to the nation’s food animals, thus protecting animal health, public health, and the nation’s food supply.
USDA created the NAHLN in 2002 to respond to animal health emergencies quickly and efficiently, and effectively communicate diagnostic outcomes to decision makers. The NAHLN is a partnership between USDA APHIS, USDA NIFA and the AAVLD.
The NAHLN’s mission is to provide accessible, timely, accurate, and consistent animal disease laboratory services nationwide in response to foreign animal disease outbreaks or other adverse animal health events. While the NAHLN’s primary focus is on exotic, zoonotic, and emerging diseases of livestock, diseases of non-livestock species such as cervids are also under the NAHLN’s scope.
Some of the NAHLN’s key accomplishments over the past 20 years include:
Beginning today, the NAHLN will launch a tab on its website to share a series of visual timelines walking through the network’s history and important milestones. There will also be video clips from several of NAHLN’s stakeholders describing the role of the network in safeguarding U.S. agriculture. In the coming weeks, APHIS will share history highlights on its social media accounts.
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