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CHRISTIE ADMINISTRATION INCREASES ONLINE PRESENCE FOR ANIMAL HEALTH
New Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory Website Launched
For Immediate Release: September 18, 2013
Contact: Lynne Richmond
(TRENTON) – New Jersey Secretary of Agriculture Douglas H. Fisher today announced the launching of a new website geared toward veterinarians, as well as farmers, animal owners, animal organizations and universities.
The New Jersey Department of Agriculture’s Animal Health Diagnostic Laboratory website can be found at www.jerseyvetlab.nj.gov. The user-friendly website also includes a mobile site, which provides easy access to the laboratory’s services while in the field.
“New Jersey has a state-of-the-art veterinary diagnostic laboratory, offering a wide variety of services,” said Secretary Fisher. “Now, with its own website and mobile site, many more people can easily access those services.”
The site gives people the ability to search for tests by keywords, animal species, discipline and cause of the disease; they will find submission forms and complete instructions on how to submit samples; training and education information; contact information; and directions to the laboratory.
The laboratory opened at the New Jersey Public Health, Environmental and Agricultural Laboratories (NJPHEAL) building in Ewing in March 2012, enabling the laboratory to expand its services. Some new capabilities include a state-of-the-art necropsy laboratory, modern testing instruments, and specialized laboratory space to handle select agents, dangerous pathogens and highly toxic chemicals, increasing the laboratory’s capacity to respond to high consequential and emerging animal diseases such as influenza viruses in birds and dogs,, foot-and-mouth-disease and classical swine fever, among others.
“The new website makes it simple to find the tests available, whether it involves cows, horses, sheep, goats, poultry, pigs, dogs, cats, wild animals, zoo animals, and even fish,” said Dr. Manoel Tamassia, New Jersey State Veterinarian. “All of the laboratory’s services are competitively priced, as well.”
“The goal of the website is to provide submitters all the information needed to submit specimens and animals to the laboratory,” said Dr. Amar Patil, Diagnostic Laboratory Director. “Another goal is to provide information to all stakeholders about the availability of laboratory services to ensure health of their animals.”
To assist those who are interested in utilizing the website and for members of the press, a webinar tour has been scheduled for 12 p.m. Monday, September 30, 2013. To register for the webinar, go to: https://www3.gotomeeting.com/register/738480414.