Progress 09/01/16 to 08/31/17
Target Audience:The target audience includes agricultural animal producers in all animal commodity groups, animal and public health regulatory personnel, practicing veterinarians, and the public who would be severely impacted by animal health emergencies, whether zoonotic or animal specific. Changes/Problems:
What opportunities for training and professional development has the project provided?During FY2016, Tim Baszler (PD/PI) and Pat Lukens (lead subject matter expert) continued to design and develop on-line modules for NAHLN laboratory QMS training as part of a separately funded and now completed USDA-APHIS Cooperative agreement. The modules are available nationally and internationally as a supplement to training courses, for in-house training by certified laboratory trainers (e.g., Quality Managers who have taken a course), for courses delivered as distance education, and other uses as appropriate. Pat Lukens was an instructor at a NAHLN Quality Management Systems Training Workshop in Ames, IA in August 2016 and July 2017. Finally, the PD/PI, and Ms. Lukens will continue to serve as members of the AAVLD Accreditation Committee (Dr. Baszler as Chair) during the next funding cycle. The AAVLD AC works synchronously with NAHLN in third-party confirmation of quality assurance for NAHLN tests nation-wide. How have the results been disseminated to communities of interest?WADDL personnel were panelist presenting data for two USDA-NAHLN National Webinars: 1) "Practical aspects of biosafety level 3 operations"; and 2) and "Results of Barcoding and Messaging Exercise". Both of the webinars were sponsored by the NAHLN Exercises and Drills Working Group. What do you plan to do during the next reporting period to accomplish the goals?
What was accomplished under these goals?
The project addresses and supports the goals of USDA and the NAHLN to enhance the capability and capacity of State and University animal disease diagnostic laboratories for surveillance, early detection of, rapid response to, and appropriate recovery from an animal agriculture catastrophe. Project support allowed WADDL to address the following animal disease diagnostic laboratory challenges in support of the goals of the NAHLN: (1) quality system; (2) staff training form foreign and emerging animal diseases; (3) laboratory information management system (including NAHLN messaging); (4) NAHLN sample handling, processing, and testing capacities (including enhancement of biocontainment capabilities); (5) interlaboratory activities in support of the goals of the NAHLN; and (6) other integrated activities (research, education, and/or outreach/service) in support of the goals of the NAHLN. Specific outcomes during the project period related to these challenges and objectives include the following: (1) Quality System. a. evaluation and full implementation of a commercial QMS repository for document control, personnel training, corrective actions, client complaints and equipment record management (Q-Pulse by ECL2); b. expansion of the internal auditor program at both the main Pullman laboratory and branch laboratory in Puyallup; c. improvement of equipment monitoring training program; and d. implementation of improved web-based pathology reports and LIMS corrected report processes, continued refinement of "Sample Receiving" section to optimize procedures for sample receipt, database log-in and pre-test processing that will facilitate high volume testing; (2) Staff training for foreign and emerging animal diseases. Participated and provided instruction to: a) "Evaluating Infectious Biological Risks in Aquatic Systems" and b) Practical aspects of biosafety level 3 operations in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network Laboratory Response Panel hosted by NAHLN Exercises and Drills Working Group; and c) USDA/USAHA Steering Committee for National Animal Health Reporting System: Implementing National List of Reportable Animal Diseases; (3) Laboratory Information Systems. a) Maintained stage 4 (highest stage) preparedness for IT messaging with continual improvement of HL7 messaging of HPAI test results to USDA NAHLN and Wildlife Services HPAI Wild Bird Surveillance Program; and b) Thirteen WADDL employees successfully completed "USDA IT Security Awareness and Rules of Behavior" certification. (4) NAHLN testing capabilities. a) Maintained infrastructure and preparedness for FAD and agroterrorism events, including high throughput testing, through continued personnel training, proficiency testing, and FAD surveillance; b) Participated in APHIS disease surveillance activities, including BSE (5,500 samples tested), CWD, scrapie (3,200 samples tested), AIV (15,000 samples tested), SIV, ISAV, CSF and PRV federal and state surveillance programs; and c) successfully completed all proficiency testing for AI/END, FMD/CSF/SIV, Scrapie/CWD, BSE, ISAV and PRV ELISA. (5) Inter-laboratory activities in support of NAHLN. WADDL participated in all NAHLN laboratory projects available to WADDL during FY2016. WADDL_Puyallup (branch lab) participated in the "Barcoding and Messaging activity" implemented by the NAHLN Exercises and Drills Working Group. WADDL personnel were also panelist presenting data for two NAHLN National Webinars: 1) "Practical aspects of biosafety level 3 operations"; and 2) and "Results of Barcoding and Messaging Exercise". In addition, Dan Bradway, WADDL Molecular Diagnostic Lab Manager, was chosen as a Core Member in the NAHLN Methods Technical Working Group (3-year term). Lastly, WADDL also collaborated with multiple veterinary and human clinical laboratories writing the 5th edition of "Biological Safety: Principles and Practices", 5th ed., Dawn Wooley and Karen Byers (ed.), ASM Press, Washington, DC., 2017; Baszler T and Graham T: Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratories and Necropsy, Chapter 33, pp619-646. (6) other integrated activities (research, education, and/or outreach/service) in support of the goals of the NAHLN. WADDL values highly its role as a Level 1 NAHLN Laboratory and takes seriously its role in providing leadership in the NAHLN for advancing the overall laboratory network. Our commitment has included national participation in IT development, the NAHLN Coordinating Council, leadership of the NAHLN Methods Technical Working Group, leadership and membership in the AAVLD Accreditation Committee, leadership and membership in the AAVLD Quality Committee and quality management systems standards development and training. WADDL personnel also served on USDA National Committees: 1) Laboratory implementation planning for the National List of Reportable Diseases (development of a draft notifiable disease reporting guidance document); and 2) AAVLD/NAHLN Antimicrobial Resistance Working Group (development and implantation of nation-wide survey and AMR surveillance plan).
Ajithdoss DK, Torchetti MK, Badcoe L, Bradway DS, Baszler TV: Clinicopathological Findings and Virus Antigen Distribution During Natural infection of Ring-necked Pheasants in Washington State, USA With Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza virus A (H5N2). Veterinary Pathology 54: 312-315, 2017.