Governor John Engler and many of the states agriculture, wildlife, and veterinarian leaders today participated in a construction ceremony of the states new Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory, located on Michigan State Universitys campus. The Governor touted the new facility as being an integral component in ensuring the long-term viability of Michigans food, livestock and wildlife industries.
"The new animal health diagnostic laboratory is an example of Michigans continuing commitment to public and animal health and safety," said Governor Engler. "It will be a tremendous tool in helping Michigan identify, track and address emerging issues, such as the recent confirmation of West Nile virus in Michigan, as well as provide resources to identify and better understand new diseases that could emerge in the future."
The new facility is the result of a cooperative effort between the Michigan Department of Agriculture (MDA); the Department of Natural Resources (DNR); the Department of Management & Budget (DMB); the Department of Community Health (DCH); the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ); Michigan State University; Michigan veterinarians; and Michigans agriculture and wildlife industries.
Designed and constructed with a $58 million appropriation from the state of Michigan, the new 150,000 gross square feet laboratory is being built on a 14.7-acre parcel of land between MSUs Livestock Pavilion and the Beef Cattle Research and Teaching Center.
Once completed, the new AHDL will be one of the largest, most sophisticated and comprehensive veterinary diagnostic facilities in the country. The facility will also consolidate the main laboratory, livestock containment barns, and a deer and wildlife diagnostic/processing center.
The AHDL is scheduled to open in the fall of 2003.