Veterinary Diagnostic Center
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- [00:00:02.100]This is the new Veterinary Diagnostic Center.
- [00:00:04.250]We moved in last August.
- [00:00:06.760]This building is unique because both the faculty
- [00:00:09.840]and the staff that work in the lab
- [00:00:11.420]had a really hands on approach to designing it,
- [00:00:14.340]to really tailoring it towards the Nebraska clientele.
- [00:00:18.640]We've implemented a lot of new technology
- [00:00:21.800]and information technology,
- [00:00:23.570]so we have sort of a system that allows us
- [00:00:26.390]to notify where samples are at, where they're going.
- [00:00:30.330]A lot of the research we're doing is applied research,
- [00:00:33.210]so we're trying to figure out how we can improve
- [00:00:35.870]our diagnostic tests for, specifically, livestock.
- [00:00:40.530]So my area, I work on bovine respiratory disease
- [00:00:43.510]and ocular disease, and so we're trying to find ways
- [00:00:46.670]that we can improve the tests
- [00:00:48.540]so that we can get more information on those tests
- [00:00:52.260]to the clientele, and also increase our ability
- [00:00:55.280]to detect and report antimicrobial resistance.
- [00:00:59.360]There were several technological advances
- [00:01:02.050]that we were able to incorporate into the building.
- [00:01:04.520]One is a mass spectrometry technology called MALDI-TOF.
- [00:01:08.690]And the MALDI-TOF has really revolutionized our ability
- [00:01:12.090]to diagnose these infections.
- [00:01:14.170]So where bacterial identification before would take days
- [00:01:18.410]or even weeks for us to get that result finished
- [00:01:21.150]and out to the veterinarian,
- [00:01:22.880]now we're talking in the hours level.
- [00:01:25.930]An additional instrumentation that we got is called FTIR
- [00:01:29.840]or an infrared spectrometer.
- [00:01:32.090]And this is we're looking at the surface of the bacteria.
- [00:01:34.970]We're able to look down at that level
- [00:01:36.980]where the immune system of the animals
- [00:01:38.980]are recognizing those pathogens
- [00:01:41.260]and really find what's making that pathogen
- [00:01:45.490]and infection occur in the animal and, hopefully,
- [00:01:47.880]provide diagnostic information to the veterinarian.
- [00:01:52.220]The two major benefits that the state has,
- [00:01:54.510]to be able to really expand our portfolio of tests
- [00:01:57.220]so zoonotic diseases like rabies,
- [00:01:59.390]we were able to bring that testing in house
- [00:02:01.400]along with the poultry test,
- [00:02:02.700]so we're able to bring a full portfolio
- [00:02:04.830]of our poultry testing
- [00:02:06.490]to provide services for those clients.
- [00:02:08.980]And then along with our routine livestock testing,
- [00:02:12.480]we've been able to take that to the next level
- [00:02:16.604]in being able to diagnose
- [00:02:17.610]those infectious diseases in animals.
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