The accreditation has been joined by the NC Veterinary diagnostic. lab.
North Carolina Ag Commissioner Steve Troxler:
“We just received a full accreditation for a five year period by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. This occurred after the review of all four labs in September.
There are several labs in the system. The Rollins lab in Raleigh is the largest, but we also have labs in Arden, Elk and Anmon Row. We first received this accreditation in 2009.
There is a tremendous amount of work involved and its an accomplishment to get all of the labs accredited.
Its very important for our international trade status. As a state we export 40% of our meat and poultry products and all of them get tested through our lab system. The testing must be valid or our partners will not accept it. This says that our testing is accurate and trustworthy.
It must be redone every five years, but the toughest one was the first we did in 2009. Then you have to maintain those high standards for the five year period.
The Rollins lab is part of the original 12 labs that were part of USDA’s National Animal Health Network and it has the ability to perform rapid molecular diagnostic tests for endemic animal diseases and targeted testing for foreign animal diseases.
Our state vet is Dr. David Marshall, and I cant say enough good things about him and his leadership. That goes all the way down to the technicians in our labs and how they have a top notch system to protect our livestock industry.”