Seven veterinary professionals from Ukraine recently toured TVMDL’s full-service labs in Amarillo and College Station, and its poultry diagnostic lab in Gonzales, as part of a 12-day training workshop hosted by the FAZD Center.
Dr. Bill Gilmore, pathologist, and Dr. Catherine Barr, quality assurance manager, led the April 28 tour at the Amarillo lab.
At the College Station lab on May 1, the group heard an overview of TVMDL from Dr. Tammy Beckham, director of both TVMDL and the FAZD Center. The Ukrainians then received training in international standards, laboratory reporting and sample flow, and biosafety and biosecurity.
Dr. Konrad Eugster, TVMDL director emeritus, guided the visitors on a tour of the College Station lab. Dr. Matt Cochran, assistant agency director, then briefed the group on TVMDL’s laboratory information management system.
Dr. Lindsey Holmstrom, an epidemiologist with TVMDL and the FAZD Center, presented an overview of geographic information systems, which integrate hardware, software and data for capturing, managing, analyzing and displaying all forms of geographically referenced information.
On May 3, the group visited TVMDL’s Sam and Sally Glass Poultry Diagnostic Laboratory in Gonzales, where they met with Dr. Marty Ficken, the lab’s resident director, and JC Essler, TVMDL’s poultry programs administrator. They also toured a Gonzales-area poultry production facility.
Dr. Heather Simmons, theme leader for Education and Outreach at the FAZD Center, said the workshop was designed to familiarize the researchers and diagnosticians with food-animal production and veterinary diagnostics in the United States.
The workshop ran from April 27 to May 8. In addition to visiting TVMDL’s facilities, the group visited a beef cattle feedlot, a dairy processing plant, a swine production facility, a livestock sales barn, the headquarters of H-E-B Grocery Co., and the USDA ARS Knipling-Bushland U.S. Livestock Insects Research Laboratory.
Members of the Ukraine delegation were:
- Dr. Oleg Nevolko, deputy director of diagnostics, State Scientific and Research Institute on Laboratory Diagnostics and Veterinary and Sanitary Expertise.
- Dr. Sergly Nychyk, director, Institute of Veterinary Medicine.
- Dr. Roman Simonov, director, Lviv Regional Diagnostic Laboratory of Veterinary Medicine.
- Dr. Valeriy Bondar, director, Luhansk Lviv Regional Diagnostic Laboratory of Veterinary Medicine.
- Dr. Ostap Zhukorskiy, academician and secretary, National Academy of Agrarian Science.
- Dr. Mykola Sytyuk, head of the African Swine Fever/Classical Swine Fever Center, the Institute of Veterinary Medicine.
- Dr. Oleg Lytvynenko, head of the parasitology laboratory, State Scientific and Research Institute on Laboratory Diagnostics and Veterinary and Sanitary Expertise.
Two interpreters accompanied the delegation: Valentina Abdullina and Mykhailo Falchenko, both of Black and Veatch, a critical infrastructure company based in Overland Park, Kan.