A&M Lab Seeks Further Accreditation

Texas A&M Lab seeks more accreditation

Press Release
May 28, 2013

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As part of its ongoing commitment to the state’s horse racing industry, the Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory will seek ISO 17025 accreditation for its drug-testing lab from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation.

It is the Texas A&M Lab’s goal to achieve accreditation from the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation by early spring of 2014. This would be the laboratory’s second accreditation.  In 2012, the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians renewed Texas A&M Lab’s accreditation for an additional five years, which includes its drug-testing lab.

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation program is designed to meet the guidelines of the Association of Racing Commissioners International and the Association of Official Racing Chemists. The Texas A&M Lab is an AORC member.

ISO 17025 is an international standard for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories. In addition to ISO 17025 accreditation, the American Association for Laboratory Accreditation program includes accreditation that is designed specifically for competition animal drug-testing laboratories.

“Applying for ISO 17025 accreditation from American Association for Laboratory Accreditation is an extensive and demanding process,” Texas A&M Lab's director Dr. Tammy Beckham said. “After carefully considering this option, we decided that securing ISO 17025 accreditation is the next important step in our agency’s commitment to serving the Texas horse racing industry.”

Under the Texas Racing Act of 1989, Texas A&M Lab’s College Station facility serves as the primary provider of drug-testing services to the state’s pari-mutuel horse racing and greyhound racing industries. Pari-mutuel horse racing events at Texas racetracks generated more than $369 million in total wagers during 2012, an increase of almost four percent from 2011, according to the Texas Racing Commission.

Texas A&M System Chancellor John Sharp said, "The team at Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory does an outstanding job of leading in the science of veterinary diagnostics and this a great example of how they positively impact the state and its constituents."

By testing hundreds of specimens every business day, the Texas A&M Lab contributes significantly to protecting the health of livestock, poultry, companion animals, exotic animals, racing animals, and wildlife. They offers a wide range of state-of-the-art diagnostic tests that deliver accurate results promptly and affordably.  The lab is among 12 core laboratories in the National Animal Health Laboratory Network, a group of state and regional laboratories designed to provide a nationwide surge-testing, response, and recovery capacity in the event of an animal disease outbreak.  A member of The Texas A&M University System and an agency of Texas A&M AgriLife, Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory comprises two full-service laboratories, in College Station and Amarillo, and two poultry laboratories, in Center and Gonzales. Texas A&M Veterinary Medical Diagnostic Laboratory is accredited by the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. For more information, visit the lab's website at http://tvmdl.tamu.edu.