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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 […]

October 24, 2016

IIAD trains Pakistani veterinary professionals

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, recently conducted a training workshop in epidemiology and surveillance plan development for animal health personnel in Pakistan. The training – which was held during August 8-19, 2016, in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania – was led by Heather […]

October 17, 2016

Former Career Development Program fellow accepts post-doctoral fellowship

Since 2008, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases, a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, has used the graduate-level Career Development Program to promote workforce development into public service or academia. Jada Thompson, Ph.D., a 2015 Program fellow, is now building upon previous research and experience gained through the Program with […]

October 10, 2016

VSCP to be highlighted in December edition of Career Pathway Webinars

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases’ (IIAD) Veterinary Science Certificate Program (VSCP) will be highlighted in the December edition of the National 4-H and Lockheed Martin Corporations’ Career Pathways Webinar. IIAD is a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence with programs focused on a variety of education initiatives, including youth education […]

October 3, 2016

Mask receives 2015 Multi-Cultural Team Award

Epsilon Sigma Phi Alpha Zeta Chapter recently presented the 2015 Multi-Cultural Team Award to a team leading the Veterinary Science Certificate Program (VSCP) in Fort Bend County. Included in the team is Joe Mask, Ph.D., an assistant professor and extension specialist with Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service who is housed in the Institute for Infectious […]

September 19, 2016

IIAD hosts executive laboratory training for Afghanistan laboratory personnel

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), in partnership with CRDF Global and BM Martin Laboratory Consultants, LLC, recently wrapped up a laboratory management training for three senior executive-level managers from the Republic of Afghanistan Central Veterinary Diagnostic and Research Laboratory (CVDRL). Barbara Martin, M.S., founder of BM Consultants, LLC, and Kathryn Moser, independent laboratory […]

September 14, 2016

IIAD hosts two fellows as part of DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Center of Excellence, recently hosted two fellows from Lincoln University as part of the ten-week DHS Summer Research Team Program for Minority Serving Institutions. The Program focuses in enhancing scientific research by bringing in pairs of students and young […]

September 9, 2016

A new look revealed for AgConnect® suite of tools

Last month, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, revealed a new look for the AgConnect® suite of tools during the AgConnect® Emergency Exercise. The suite was rebranded and renamed in order to better reflect the forward-thinking technologies and how they help veterinarians and […]

September 7, 2016

IIAD welcomes student fellows to Education and Outreach Systems team

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence, recently added two student fellows to their Education and Outreach Systems (EOS) team. Kayla Cates, a sophomore animal science major at Texas A&M University, will be helping with curriculum development and training for EOS programs as well […]

August 26, 2016

Veterinary Science Certificate Program to be highlighted during Texas 4-H Virtual Conference

On Friday, September 2, 2016, Joe W. Mask, Ph.D., assistant professor and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension specialist, will be leading an online session on the Youth Veterinary Science project, which includes the Veterinary Science Certificate Program, during the 10 a.m. session of the Texas 4-H Virtual Conference. Volunteers, parents and Extension agents involved with Texas […]

August 22, 2016

AgConnect® Emergency Exercise showcases system’s value to the food animal industry

For animal health officials, producers and veterinarians, a timely, coordinated and effective response to a multi-state animal health emergency is imperative to supporting the continuity of business that food animal industries so heavily rely upon. Earlier this month, the Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD), a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of […]