New York Agriculture & Markets Law
Sec. § 73-B
The New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory


1.

The commissioner is authorized to establish and maintain, by contract or otherwise, a New York state veterinary diagnostic laboratory and to contract for other diagnostic services, as he or she may deem necessary or beneficial, to improve the health of food and fiber producing animals, companion animals, sport and recreational animals, exotic animals and wildlife.

2.

The New York state veterinary diagnostic laboratory shall:

(a)

evaluate domestic and wild animal populations for evidence of disease agents that may cause human disease;

(b)

maintain capability to respond to disease outbreaks in animals;

(c)

establish diagnostic testing capabilities to establish herd health status and evaluation of disease programs;

(d)

support disease surveillance and monitoring programs of domestic, zoo and wild animals;

(e)

support veterinarians by analyzing and interpreting samples obtained from clinical cases; and

(f)

evaluate, adjust and improve New Yorks ability to recognize diseases that impact animal populations.

3.

"The New York state veterinary diagnostic laboratory advisory board" is hereby created. Such board shall be composed of ten members, as follows:

(a)

the commissioner or his or her designee;

(b)

the commissioner of environmental conservation or his or her designee;

(c)

the commissioner of health or his or her designee;

(d)

the dean of the New York state college of agriculture and life sciences or his or her designee;

(e)

the director of the division of animal industry of the department;

(f)

the director of the New York state veterinary diagnostic laboratory, who shall serve as a non-voting member;

(g)

one member to be appointed by the governor, upon recommendation by the commissioner;

(h)

one member to be appointed by the governor, upon recommendation by the commissioner, from nominations received from a statewide organization representing dairy producers;

(i)

one member to be appointed by the governor, upon recommendation by the commissioner, from nominations received from a statewide organization representing veterinarians licensed in this state; and

(j)

one member to be appointed by the governor, upon recommendation by the commissioner, from nominations received from a statewide organization representing agricultural interests.

4.

The appointed members of the veterinary diagnostic laboratory advisory board shall be appointed for a term of three years and may serve until their successors are chosen provided, however, that of the members first appointed, two shall be appointed for a term of one year, one shall be appointed for a term of two years and one shall be appointed for a term of three years. Members shall serve without salary, but shall be entitled to actual expenses incurred while engaged in performing the duties herein authorized.

5.

The advisory board, which shall be chaired by the commissioner, shall:

(a)

evaluate and prioritize the veterinary diagnostic laboratory needs of industry, government and consumer entities;

(b)

provide advice and recommendations to the dean of the New York state college of veterinary medicine for strategic direction of diagnostic laboratory services;

(c)

make recommendations to the dean regarding appointment of the director of the laboratory;

(d)

assess the feasibility of the consolidation, expansion and modernization of the current physical facilities of the laboratory;

(e)

provide advice and recommendations to the director of the diagnostic laboratory regarding industry needs and the effectiveness of veterinary diagnostic laboratory services; and

(f)

provide advice and recommendations to the commissioner, the New York state veterinarian, and the director of the diagnostic laboratory regarding animal health programs administered by the department, to include but not be limited to the New York state cattle health assurance program and the egg quality assurance program.

6.

The director of the New York state veterinary diagnostic laboratory shall be appointed by the dean of the college of veterinary medicine, after consultation with the advisory board. The dean shall provide direction and guidance to the director to ensure that the resources of the college of veterinary medicine are integrated with those of the laboratory to meet current and anticipated industry, state and consumer needs for diagnostic services.
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