On March 3, R. Gayman Helman, DVM, PhD, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) resident director of the Amarillo lab, spoke to a group of agriculture–related business people, the “Amarillo Ag Group.” The group meets monthly to discuss issues related to agriculture in the Texas Panhandle. The meetings typically include guest speakers in some area of agriculture.
Dr. Helman presented “TVMDL and Amarillo … the Panhandle … Texas … the ‘Three States’ region … the USA … the World.” The talk included a description of the organizational structure of TVMDL and its mission, focusing on the lab’s services in the diagnosis of animal diseases. The lab’s role in disease surveillance/monitoring directed at the protection of animal and public health interests was discussed as was TVMDL’s extensive experience with import/export testing and drug testing services which extend far beyond the borders of our state. A specific case study was presented to help explain each of these roles.
The “Ag Group” was surprised to learn of TVMDL’s involvement with research and educational activities with a variety of commercial and public institutions. Annually, TVMDL hosts visiting scientists from around the world in addition to those from more local universities, schools and institutions.
Dr. Helman oversees the Amarillo laboratory, which serves the state of Texas livestock and companion animal industries, with an emphasis on food animal diagnostics. Uniquely positioned to service the cattle industry in the panhandle, both beef and dairy, the laboratory performs necropsy and herd health testing on a regular basis.
For more information on TVMDL, visit tvmdl.tamu.edu.
(photographs courtesy James Hunt)