Kansas State University's Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory

Gary Anderson, Kansas State University

This presentation will provide the listener with an overview that includes:

  1. A description and history of the Kansas State University (KSU) Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) in Manhattan, Kansas.
  2. What is a VDL, how does it work, and why they are important to us.
  3. A discussion of the day-to-day operation of the KSU VDL.
  4. A summary of KSU AAVLD accreditation requirements.
  5. Overview of how KSU VDL has and will continue work with NBAF.
  6. What the future holds for VDL testing and research at KSU.

Learning Objectives

  • Gain an understanding of the requirements and needs for designing, building and operating VDL's.
  • Learn about the significance of the KSU/NBAF collaboration and its important role in the Bio-Ag arena.
  • Learn what it takes to successfully operate a fully accredited VDL facility.
  • Understand some of the challenges are that KSU VDL faces.


Dr. Gary Anderson is the Director of the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) at Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. Gary's primary responsibilities include the oversight of day-to-day operation. Gary's primary responsibilities includes the oversight of day-to-day operations of the VDL Lab. He set policies and procedures consistent with AAVLD accreditation requirements, establish vision and leadership for the Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, recruit faculty and staff, provide opportunities for faculty and staff growth and development, and prepare and manage budgets in consultation with the Dean of the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Head of Diagnostic Medicine and Pathobiology.


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