PIERRE, S.D. (Press Release) – Gov. Dennis Daugaard signed Senate Bill 172 Friday to fund an upgrade and expansion to the state animal disease research and diagnostic laboratory, located on the campus of South Dakota State University. The facility serves as the state animal health laboratory.
“Upgrading our state animal health lab is long overdue,” Gov. Daugaard said. “I’m pleased that the agriculture industry and the Legislature worked together to bring this project to fruition.”
The lab develops and conducts tests to identify animal diseases, creates new protocols to distinguish unique disease strains, and develops vaccines and other treatments to directly assist veterinarians, ranchers, farmers, pet owners, wildlife managers, public health officials, and state and federal agencies.
The lab was built in 1967 and last upgraded in 1993. It is out-of-date, according to the Governor, and needs to be modernized to correct aging infrastructure, accommodate new technologies, and meet current and future health and safety standards.