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microscopeVeterinary students from 30 universities across the US, Canada, and Mexico are attending the 10th annual Smith-Kilborne program, designed to acquaint veterinary students with foreign animal diseases that can potentially threaten domestic animals. The program began May 29 and will conclude June 6.

The Smith-Kilborne program, annually hosted by Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine and the Plum Island Animal Diseases Center in New York’s Long Island, was founded by USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) in honor of its two former scientists who discovered the transmission method for Texas cattle fever.

At Cornell, students will learn about foreign animal diseases (FADs), risk analysis and emergency management, followed by laboratory sessions at the Plum Island Animal Disease Center for hands-on training on the most significant foreign animal diseases.

The center, in operation for nearly 50 years, is the nation’s first line of defense against FADs that can cause catastrophic economic losses in the domestic animal industries and exports. The safety and security of the facility has been managed by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) since 2003. For more information, visit the center’s web site and the Smith-Kilborne program.