To work with veterinary diagnostic labs to benefit both human and animal health for:
- Building laboratory capacity for routine and emergency response
- disseminating scientific knowledge to internal and external stakeholders
- training programs of scientists
To assist CVM in looking into potential issues with goods subject to CVM regulation, including
- food for animals
- various types of animal drugs
Monitoring Antimicrobial Resistance in Animal Disease Bacteria
Why study bacterial resistance?
Antibiotic resistance is regarded as a significant public health issue because many infections will be more challenging to treat if antibiotics and comparable medications lose their efficacy. A presidential program to fight microorganisms that are resistant to antibiotics was unveiled in March of that year. The government, public health, healthcare, and veterinary partners are guided by this national action plan when addressing antibiotic resistance. The development, expansion, and maintenance of antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) and whole-genome sequencing (WGS) of veterinary pathogens isolated at veterinary diagnostic laboratories were tasks assigned to Vet-LIRN as part of this plan. It is essential that veterinary diagnostic laboratories be integrated with the country’s other surveillance operations in order to effectively monitor the antibiotic susceptibility of bacterial infections. Vet-LIRN is dedicated to participating as a partner in such a project.
Laboratory funding for VETS-LIRN
Participation in the various Vet-LIRN activities like emergency drills, competency testing, case investigations, and laboratory accreditation is made easier by Vet-LIRN Cooperative Agreements. The agreements also improve the agency’s capacity to examine more samples in the event of illnesses caused by drugs or animal food, or in the case of other major emergencies requiring more testing of animal food or implicated diagnostic samples. In accordance with the revised agreement, network laboratories may request additional funding if they are taking part in a specific Vet-LIRN project, such as the Antimicrobial Resistance (AMR) Project, performing whole-genome sequencing (WGS) work, or having a particularly high caseload. Additional funding might also be made available to address new illnesses like COVID-19.
Ensuring to provide the most accurate Results
We work together to conduct Proficiency Tests (PTs) and Inter Laboratory Comparison Exercises (ICEs) with the FDA’s Center for Food Safety & Nutrition (CFSAN) Division of Food Processing Science and Technology (Moffett Center) & the Institute for Food Safety & Health, Illinois Institute of Technology, to make sure FDA receives accurate test results from our network laboratories. Samples are to be sent to the labs for testing purposes, and the VPO is given the results. The laboratories receive final reports once data has been examined.
Getting Ready for Emergencies and Responding to Them
Vet-LIRN takes part in disaster preparedness and response planning, practice exercises, and evaluations. Such initiatives bolster the Program Office’s capacity to devise and launch plans for coordinating the obligations of veterinary diagnostic laboratories in actual emergency situations. Any emergency response needs to be aware of the network laboratories’ capabilities and conduct regular contacts and drills with them. The Vet-LIRN Program Office regularly contacts the lab networks and initiatives listed below to coordinate efforts, capitalize on opportunities, and take part in a coordinated response to a national emergency.