AVMA backs laboratory consortium

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The AVMA is supporting efforts to secure funds for improvements and standardization of veterinary diagnostic laboratory methods supporting homeland defense programs such as the Food Emergency Response Network.

According to the Committee on Disaster and Emergency Issues recommendation, the Integrated Consortium of Laboratory Networks is a newly formed consortium established by memorandum of understanding among 10 federal departments and agencies in June. Its purpose is to support early detection and effective consequence management of acts of terrorism and other events requiring an integrated laboratory response.

The American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians has made substantial contribution to this effort by developing and validating assays, creating standards of laboratory accreditation, and training laboratory personnel.

By approving the recommendation, the Executive Board recognizes the work of the AAVLD and consortium to integrate veterinary laboratories into the national infrastructure. Moreover, the AVMA will back supportive legislative efforts and assist in communicating the groups' important roles in supporting Homeland Security programs.