The National Center for Foreign Animal and Zoonotic Disease Defense (FAZD Center) has been awarded a grant to train personnel from Turkmenistan in veterinary disease diagnostics and laboratory management.
Personnel from Turkmenistan will travel to the U.S. to learn veterinary diagnostic skills from FAZD collaborators, including the Texas A&M University College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory, Caliber Biotherapeutics, the National Center for Therapeutics and Manufacturing, the Texas Institute for Pre-Clinical Studies, Applied Biosystems, and BIOO Scientific.
Through this program, students will learn how veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the U.S. are organized and managed, in addition to mastering diagnostic testing procedures.
The award was made by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Foreign Agricultural Service (USDA FAS) Cochran Program and is valued at $53,954.
About FAZD Center
The FAZD Center performs research and develops products to defend the nation from high-consequence foreign animal and zoonotic diseases. The FAZD Center was renewed as a co-lead with the Center of Excellence for Emerging and Zoonotic Animal Diseases (CEEZAD) at Kansas State University in 2010, and the DHS cooperative agreement extends through 2016.
The center is headquartered at Texas A&M University with partners in 42 U.S. states and the District of Columbia, the nations of Australia, Bangladesh, Canada, Egypt, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Pakistan, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Turkmenistan, Uganda and the United Kingdom, plus laboratories in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN).
Source: FAZD Center