The Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) hosted two webinars discussing veterinary diagnostics with employees from the Inter-American Institute for Cooperation on Agriculture (IICA). TVMDL and IICA entered a partnership earlier this year focusing on fostering agricultural development and rural well-being, with emphasis on animal health.
The webinar had two sessions, one in English, presented by Associate Director Amy K. Swinford, MS, DVM, and one in Spanish, presented by Pathology Assistant Section Head Gabriel Gomez, DVM, PhD. The TVMDL team, led by Chief of Staff Stacy Morris, MS, reviewed TVMDL’s capabilities and expertise, which included an overview of TVMDL’s accreditation, robust test catalog and international experience.
“We targeted four collaboration areas in each discussion: basic diagnostics offered, specialized diagnostics such as research testing, our role in capacity building, and the extensive export-import testing services available at the lab,” said Morris. “The combination of TVMDL’s expertise in veterinary diagnostics and IICA’s extensive outreach abilities will enable our organizations to partner in providing comprehensive animal health assistance in these four focus areas.”
IICA representatives from Barbados, Guyana, Suriname, Grenada and the Bahamas joined the English session; in the Spanish session, those from Colombia, Ecuador, Dominican Republic, El Salvador and Panama were online.
TVMDL’s proximity to Latin America makes us a natural partner to assist international clients in obtaining quality, affordable veterinary diagnostic testing. Therefore, the agency can carry out its’ mission of protecting animal and human health through diagnostics on a global scale.