Protecting the Homeland Security working dogs that protect our borders

From protecting our borders to patrolling our airports, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) manages more than 3,000 working dogs in various capacities. These specialized dogs are highly valuable and an integral part of both search and rescue functions and detection of concealed persons, narcotics or explosives – meaning that keeping them healthy is […]

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 […]

Bioo Scientific produces monoclonal antibodies to improve diagnostics for Rift Valley fever virus

A FAZD Center partner is helping to enhance the speed and accuracy of diagnostic tests for a contagious disease that kills livestock and harms humans. Bioo Scientific, a biotechnology company based in Austin, Texas, delivered 30 monoclonal antibodies in 2012 to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Arthropod-Borne Animal Disease Research Unit. The USDA unit intends […]

Now available: Final report from the fourth workshop on agricultural screening tools

We have posted the final report from our fourth workshop on agricultural screening tools, which was held May 15-16 in Ames, Iowa. The goal of the workshop was to use the information and recommendations from the three previous workshops to draft recommendations for developing concepts of operations for agricultural screening tools. Entitled “Policies and Concept […]

DHS provides funding to develop agricultural screening tools for high-consequence animal diseases

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology Directorate Chemical and Biological Division awarded three new task orders to FAZD Center investigators totaling $809,137 for the development of novel agricultural screening tools for high consequence animal diseases. These tools focus on the optimization and validation of field assays, including an isothermal lateral flow device […]