It has been reported that construction has now been
approved for a new building for the state poultry diagnostic laboratory in
The new facility will reportedly expand the space and the capacity for
testing specimens submitted for poultry disease detection at the Gonzales
Since 1991, the lab has been operated by the Texas Veterinary Medical
Diagnostic Laboratory, a service agency of the Texas A&M System.
â€œWe are extremely grateful for the generosity of our former poultry lab
director Dr Sam Glass and his wife, Sally,â€ said Dr Tammy Beckham, director of
the state veterinary medical diagnostic laboratory. â€œTheir gift of a prime
parcel of land in Gonzales will make this laboratory possible. Because it is
strategically located in a major poultry production area, the laboratory will
continue to serve primarily commercial poultry companies, as well as
veterinarians and individual producers of domestic fowl, game and exotic birds,"
â€œThe routine diagnostic testing performed here also provides the
surveillance necessary to detect and contain potential outbreaks of
high-consequence diseases such as Exotic Newcastle Disease and highly pathogenic
avian influenza,â€ she added.