Friday, May 1, 2020
USDA ARS National Centers for Animal Health, Ames, Iowa
With a campus larger than 500 acres, multiple BSL-3 Laboratories, a BSL-3Ag Large Animal Facility, and a substantial Effluent Decontamination System (EDS), there is plenty to see! The morning will begin with an overview of animal research and diagnostics being conducted by the USDA to assure the health of U.S. livestock and poultry, followed by tours of the main laboratory facility. After lunch in the dining area, participants will tour the campus, see the EDS, and the BSL3-Ag facility, and drive by the bison and elk areas. Transportation to and from Iowa City will be by bus.
7:30 Leave Hilton Garden Inn by bus
10:00 Overview of National Animal Disease Center
11:00 Tour of Main Building laboratories
12:30 Lunch at NCAH cafeteria
1:30 Tour of campus, including BSL-3Ag facility and EDS
3:00 Tour ends; Bus returns to Iowa City
5:00 Bus arrives back at Hilton Garden Inn
(Note: Participants are welcome to consider flying home from Des Moines instead of returning to Iowa City.)
The cost for this class is $95.