Chancellor John Sharp took his first tour of the Texas Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) on June 15. The chancellor was updated on the vital work that TVMDL conducts every day to protect livestock, poultry and wildlife as well as companion, racing and exotic animals.
Director Tammy Beckham conducted the tour of College Station laboratory, one of four TVMDL operates across the state. Sharp saw the College Station lab’s high-containment unit, one of only two in Texas designed specifically for animal diseases that pose significant threats to public health or the agriculture economy. The other unit is housed at TVMDL’s Amarillo location.
He also visited the lab’s sections for bateriology, necropsy, drug testing, and specimen receiving.
“We truly appreciate the chancellor’s visit,” Beckham said. “It gave us the opportunity to discuss TVMDL’s role in protecting animal health, human health and the nation’s food supply, and in advancing the One Health approach to the health of people, animals and the environment.”
TVMDL tests hundreds of animal specimens from around the world every business day. The lab primarily serves veterinarians, owners, government agencies at the state and federal levels, and the state’s animal agricultural industries.