NAHLN

NAHLN – The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) was established by the USDA’s Homeland Security Office as part of a national strategy to coordinate the testing capacities of the Federal veterinary diagnostic laboratories with those of the State and university veterinary diagnostic laboratories, which have extensive infrastructure (facilities, professional expertise, and support).  The NAHLN is a partnership of USDA’s Animal and Plant Health and Inspection Service (APHIS) and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) as well as the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD).  The network’s purpose is to enhance the Nation’s early detection of, response to, and recovery from animal health emergencies, including bioterrorist incidents, newly emerging diseases, and foreign animal disease (FAD) agents that threaten the Nation’s food supply and public health.  Laboratories associated with NAHLN include two campuses of APHIS, Veterinary Services, National Veterinary Services Laboratories (Ames, IA and Plum Island, NY)  as the national reference laboratories, 54 state and university laboratories located throughout 45 states, and two additional federal laboratories (DOI in Madison, WI and USDA FSIS in Athens, GA). For more information on NAHLN, please visit: http://www.aphis.usda.gov/animal_health/nahln/