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WSU Veterinary Microbiology Lab Tracks West Nile, + New Vet Med Research Building

Posted by Jaimee Saliba on Thu, Sep 20, 2012

wsu veterinary labThe Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) within the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University in Pullman is one of an elite group of veterinary facilities that use sophisticated molecular tools to diagnose disease, with labs for bacteriology, parasitology, pathology, serology, and virology. One threat they've been keeping a particularly keen eye out for this summer is West Nile Virus, which they have in fact found in horses, and which led the State to issue warnings for both animals (to have them vaccinated) and humans (to take extra precautions). West Nile is transmitted from infected birds, through biting mosquitos, and on to larger warm-blooded creatures. Because this has been such a hot, dry summer across most of the U.S., birds and mosquitos are finding themselves more often sharing the same rare watering hole, which may be causing the rise in West Nile cases. West Nile is an example of a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be transfered between species. The role of veterinary labs like WADDL in tracking and identifying cases of these diseases is doubly important, then, as they work to prevent epidemics in our animals as well as ourselves.

[Photo of microbiologist Kathy Noble, courtesy of Linda Weiford, WSU News]

The College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) at WSU is one of the top vet med programs in the country. Established as early as 1899, the various branches of the college are currently housed in no fewer than 7 buildings on the WSU Pullman campus. One of several unique facilities is the Animal Disease Biotechnology Facility, which is dedicated to the use of molecular biology to resolve diseases in agricultural animals with application where appropriate to human health. WADDL is located in the Bustad Veterinary Sciences building, along with the Dept. of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology. Bustad is next door to the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Just opened this month is the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health.

Currently under construction is the $96M Veterinary Medical Research Building (VMRB), which broke ground in 2011 and is due for occupancy in early Spring 2013. Located within the Research and Education Complex, the building site is east of the CVM's Biotechnology/Life Sciences building, near Johnson Road and Stadium Way. The Biotech/Life Sci building is home to the School of Molecular Biosciences (SMB) and Center for Reproductive Biology (CRB), both of which joined the CVM in 2010. When finished, the VMRB will  offer 77,250 usable square feet of state-of-the-art biomedical research lab and support space for health science teaching and research programs.

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[The New Veterinary Medical Research Building, courtesy of WSU Capital Projects]

To say that the College of Veterinary Medicine at WSU Pullman is a major force driving excellence at the east Washington campus is an understatement: it is where life science research happens at Washington State University. Consider that the School of Molecular Biosciences formed in 1999 through a merger of the departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics, Genetics and Cell Biology, and Microbiology. Eleven years later, the school became a part of the CVM. If you are working in cell biology at WSU, you are working within the College of Veterinary Medicine. Far from the tech hubs of Washington's western coast, this land grant university with a strong agricultural and animal science orientation has leveraged that strength as a vehicle for expanding its life science research capacity, all the while  growing its vet med core with a zoonotic approach to the study of life in all of its forms and complexity.


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