Officials from the Bronson Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory in Kissimmee, Florida, toured the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) at College Station last week. The group toured the current College Station lab and received a preview of the new lab and agency headquarters during a visit to the construction site.
Florida State Veterinarian Dr. Mike Short; Bureau Chief Dr. Yugendar Reddy Bommineni; Assistant Division Director Erica Field; and Construction and Operations Manager Max Nobilin traveled to Texas to hear lessons learned regarding lab construction. The differences in the current facility and the future laboratory set up were discussed at length, as the Florida laboratory is currently working to gain funds to build a new facility.
In addition to a facility discussion, TVMDL Director Bruce Akey, DVM, MS, spoke at length on budget, marketing, and agency administration. In recent years, TVMDL has increased marketing efforts through increased news circulation, trade show participation and client outreach.
“Laboratory construction projects are intricate and costly. It’s important to plan carefully to make the most of the funds allocated for a statewide diagnostic lab,” said Dr. Akey. “TVMDL is happy to share ideas and strategies that have been successful for our recent construction projects, as well as what diagnostic tools help us provide accurate, timely test results to clients.”
For more information on TVMDL’s testing services, or to visit the News or Education Library offerings, visit tvmdl.tamu.edu.