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One of the largest concentrations of animal health professionals in the world is in Ames, Iowa. These animal health institutions here are known worldwide for the research, service, and training they provide. The IICAB is an effort by these institutions to use their knowledge and expertise to better serve animal health needs throughout the world.
Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB)
The CVB is responsible for the regulation of the production, testing and distribution of veterinary biologic (immunological) and diagnostic products in the United States. A program of licensing, testing and inspection is administered by the CVB to assure that products distributed in the US for the diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of animal diseases are not worthless, dangerous, contaminated or harmful. Dr. Rick Hill is the Director of CVB. Dr. Byron Rippke is the Director of Licensing and Policy Development and the Laboratory. Mr. Steve Karli is the Director of Inspection and Compliance.
National Veterinary Services Laboratories (NVSL)
The NVSL provides diagnostic support for USDA programs (in cooperation with state and foreign governments) to protect the health of the nation’s livestock and poultry. Activities include training, reference assistance, methods development and diagnosis of domestic and foreign animal diseases using a wide array of procedures involving pathology, bacteriology, virology, serology, immunology, parasitology, toxicology, and chemistry. In 1997, the NVSL and CVB-L became an OIE Collaborating Center for the Diagnosis of Animal Diseases and Vaccine Evaluation in the Americas. Dr. Elizabeth Lautner is the Director of the NVSL.
USDA-ARS-National Animal Disease Center (NADC)
The NADC is the USDA’s principal research center for investigating endemic diseases of domestic livestock. Scientists at the NADC conduct basic and applied research on animal diseases of economic importance to US agriculture and apply the results to animal disease prevention and control programs. Dr. Kurt Zuelke is the Director of the NADC.
The CVB, NVSL, and NADC are housed at the USDA National Centers for Animal Health,
a new state-of-the-art facility in Ames, Iowa.
Iowa State University
College of Veterinary Medicine
The ISU College of Veterinary Medicine faculty are internationally known for their expertise in infectious diseases of food-producing animals. The College has strong research and teaching programs in basic biomedical sciences, strong outreach programs in companion animal and equine medicine and surgery, and a comprehensive veterinary diagnostic and production animal medicine program. Dr. John Thomson is the Dean of the College.