Since 1887, the South Dakota Animal Disease Research and Diagnostic Laboratory (ADRDL) has maintained a proud tradition of providing quality veterinary diagnostic services to the state and region. As one of 36 accredited veterinary diagnostic laboratories in the U.S., the ADRDL serves animal owners by acting as a reference laboratory for animal health professionals and state/federal regulatory officials. As a reference laboratory, we provide the precise detailed animal disease information that is needed for those in charge of managing, treating and preventing diseases in animals. Many of the diseases we deal with are also potential human diseases, and thus we play a significant role in public health as well. As the world population grew to 6 billion people on October 12, 1999, we were reminded that we are an integral part of an infrastructure that works to feed the state, region, nation, and world.
UNIT MISSION: VETERINARY SCIENCE DEPARTMENT/ADRDL
To protect and improve the health of animals, the viability of the SD livestock industry, and the welfare of society through high quality diagnostic, research, Extension, and teaching activities.
Role Specific Missions:
MISSION: DIAGNOSTIC LABORATORY
To provide high quality veterinary diagnostic services as a means to promptly and accurately establish causes of animal health problems. Such diagnoses will aid attending veterinarians and health officials in the treatment, control, prevention, and surveillance of animal diseases to the benefit of the SD livestock industry, other animal owners, and society at large.
To pursue basic and applied investigations that enhance the understanding of the induction of diseases in animals, to develop diagnostic methods for the detection of diseased animals, products for treatment or prevention of disease, and management protocols for the control of disease.
MISSION: VETERINARY EXTENSION
To transfer information and provide educational opportunities to veterinarians, producers, county agents, and other interested individuals regarding animal health.
MISSION: TEACHING AND ADVISING
Provide high quality animal health and biomedical science courses for the training of undergraduate Pre-veterinary and Animal Science students and graduate Veterinary Infectious Disease students. Effectively advise students in the Pre-veterinary curriculum.