TVMDL is celebrating its 50th year in 2017. To commemorate, we have sponsored a coloring, art, and photography contest for Texas 4-H members. Our winners were announced at the Texas 4-H Roundup in June at College Station. Thanks to those who participated and congratulations to our winners!
The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Lab (TVMDL) works every day to perform diagnostic tests for many different types of animals, including livestock, poultry, exotic species, pets and zoo animals. Every year, TVMDL performs over 800,000 tests to ensure the health of animal populations both in Texas and across the United States. Specimens are sent or brought to TVMDL from veterinarians, animal owners and producers. Specimens received may be deceased animals brought to the laboratory for examination, tissue specimens collected from animals, or fluids collected from animals.
Depending on the suspected disease or ailment, TVMDL can choose from over 700 tests to determine if an animal is healthy or sick. Many tests also help veterinarians determine the right treatment or medicines to give to ill animals. Our 160 employees, based in four laboratories across Texas, work every day to ensure the health of our animal population.
We play a significant role in ensuring animal products that enter our supply chain meet the standards set by industry and government. Animal health plays an important role in many 4-H projects and club activities. From ensuring the proper medical dosage for a show animal or pet dog, to ensuring the eggs used in food and nutrition program are free of disease, and even proper handling of game animals, TVMDL can play an important part in the food supply continuum…and the life of every 4-Her.