News

November 6, 2017

New office aims to strengthen relationships with US agriculture

“Our modern agricultural economy is highly dependent upon two things: freedom from disease and trade,” said Melissa Berquist, Ph.D., director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases. “Following the outbreak of an infectious livestock or poultry disease, the ability to efficiently implement science-based standards and demonstrate freedom from disease is imperative to limiting the loss […]

June 21, 2017

OIE to establish a US-based liaison office in College Station, Texas

Following the Executive Order 13759 by which the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has been designated as a Public International Organization entitled to enjoy certain privileges, exemptions and immunities, the OIE announced today that it will establish a liaison office in the United States of America later this year. Created in 1924, the OIE’s […]

June 19, 2017

New Foot-and-Mouth Disease Rapid Diagnostic Kit gets license for use in U.S. Livestock

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 19, 2017 DHS S&T Press Office John Verrico, (202) 254-2385 Washington — The U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (DHS S&T) announced today the licensing of a rapid-response (three-hour) Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD) diagnostic kit by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Center for Veterinary Biologics (CVB).  Developed by […]

Three students begin IIAD undergraduate internship program

Following a nationwide application process, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, recently selected three interns to participate in the IIAD Undergraduate Internship Program. Since 2015, the Institute has hosted undergraduate students majoring in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or agricultural education and sciences […]

June 6, 2017

2013 Career Development fellow completes Program

Noah Hull, a Ph.D. student at the University of Wyoming, recently completed the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases’ (IIAD) Career Development Program (CDP). As a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Center of Excellence, IIAD hosts the graduate-level fellowship Program to promote workforce development into public practice or academia. The Program requires fellows […]

May 5, 2017

Moss joins IIAD as program coordinator

Kristen Moss has joined the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, as a program coordinator effective May 1. Moss will be working with the Institute’s AgConnect® team and will assist in managing day-to-day logistical activities in support of specific large-scale project efforts. Moss will be […]

April 20, 2017

Workshop discusses national bio-surveillance system for US swine industry

Last week, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Center of Excellence, along with the National Pork Board (NPB) and the Swine Health Information Center (SHIC), hosted a workshop to discuss the development of a national bio-surveillance system for the U.S. swine industry. The meeting, which also received sponsorship […]

April 3, 2017

IIAD to assist in analysis of competencies and curricula guidelines for global veterinary para-professional standards development project

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence and a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) Collaborating Centre in biological threat reduction, will assist in an analysis of existing para-professional curricula for a project entitled, Veterinary Para-professional Standards Development. The project, which will provide recommendations […]

March 13, 2017

AgConnect® provides technology foundation for National Dairy FARM Program application

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, recently used AgConnect® as a technology foundation to provide a single, integrated solution for data collection, management and analysis for the National Dairy Farmers Assuring Responsible Management (FARM) ProgramTM. This effort, which is directed by the National […]

March 10, 2017

Fellowship Opportunity: DHS Chemical and Biological Defense Science and Technology Directorate

Click here to apply for this opportunity. Reference Code DHS-RPP-CBD-2017-0001How To Apply A complete application package consists of: An application Transcript(s) – For this opportunity, an unofficial transcript or copy of the student academic records printed by the applicant or by academic advisors from internal institution systems may be submitted.  Selected candidate must provide proof […]

March 9, 2017

Berquist named director of Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases

After serving as associate director since 2011, Melissa Berquist, Ph.D., has been named director of the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), effective March 9, 2017. The Institute, which is a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Center of Excellence (COE) and member of the Texas A&M University System, focuses on research, education […]