Behind the scenes of New Mexico's vet lab
May 21, 2018 06:41 AM
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - An Albuquerque science lab recently received the highest possible international accreditation.
Located inside the New Mexico Scientific Laboratories building east of I-25 just south of the Big I, is the New Mexico Department of Agriculture’s Veterinary Diagnostic Lab. It is where many New Mexico veterinarians, ranchers, and even the Albuquerque Zoo send samples when an animal gets sick or dies.
A veterinarian will determine what they think an animal has, and send a blood, tumor or tissue sample to them to be tested so they can choose a treatment plan.
Lab director, Dr. Tim Hanosh says their 14 employees tested more than 45,000 samples just last year. They see many different species of animals from all over the state, and even Arizona, Texas, and Colorado. They are equipped to conduct necropsies, or animal autopsies, on animals as large as adult horses, cows, and bulls.
They test for various cancers and viruses, including things that animals carry but humans may catch like rabies, tularemia and the plague.
In April, for the first time in the lab’s existence, it became a certified International Organization for Standardization (ISO) laboratory.
“The accreditation is the highest level of accreditation that's available for our laboratory," said Dr. Hanosh.
It means all the systems in their department work as effectively and efficiently as possible.
"It gives us the confidence that we are doing the best that can possibly be done," said Dr. Hanosh.
The accreditation does not mean they get results and quicker, but Dr. Hanosh says it gives their customers reassurance.
“They can be assured that the results they're getting from here are the best possible results,” said Dr. Hanosh.
The accreditation is valid for two years, but Dr. Hanosh says they plan on keeping it for years to come so they can provide the best testing for animal owners across New Mexico.
Created: May 21, 2018 06:41 AM
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