What We Do

Creating innovative solutions for animal health and food security.

The Institute for Infectious Animal Diseases (IIAD) works to address animal health and food security challenges through developing innovative solutions and collaborations. Founded in the early 1990s as a member of the Texas A&M University System and Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Institute was designated in April 2004 as a Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Center of Excellence (COE) and currently serves as an Emeritus COE.

In 2014, the Institute was designated as a collaborating centre in the specialty of biological threat reduction by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). As a collaborating centre, IIAD provides its expertise internationally to support and implement animal health initiatives, provide scientific and technical training, and conduct scientific research focused on global animal health. IIAD is the only centre of this kind in OIE’s America’s region and the only OIE collaborating centre within the Texas A&M University System. Learn more about this designation here.


Our Vision
is to be a collaborative leader in developing knowledge-based solutions for animal agriculture.

Our Mission
is to address animal health and food security challenges through innovative solutions and collaborations.

Our Purpose
is to provide successful solutions and foster collaborative partnerships.

Our Core Values
The Institute values:

Our passion for our work.
The expertise of our colleagues.
The power of teamwork.
Trust, honesty and transparency.

Learn more about the Institute’s 2018-2022 strategic plan initiatives and goals here.