USDA Centers

United States Department of Agriculture Centers

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) 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.

NADC building
One of the largest concentrations of animal health professionals in the world is in Ames, Iowa. Professionals at the USDA CVB, NVSL and NADC are known worldwide for the research, service, and training they provide. The facility that houses these three groups is called the National Centers for Animal Health.

USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (APHIS) Veterinary Services (VS) 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. NVSL is the reference laboratory for diseases that are in the process of being controlled or eradicated in the U.S. and is World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) reference laboratory for 15 diseases.

USDA Agricultural Research Service (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.