The Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory (VDL) at the School of Veterinary Medicine (SVM) of City University of Hong Kong will provide a research and diagnostic service to the local and regional veterinary community, world-class teaching and research facilities for the SVM’s undergraduate and graduate students as well as diagnostic capability to the veterinary teaching hospital (VTH).
The mission of the laboratory is to diagnose and research disease affecting animals through proven approaches to disease identification, investigation, and prevention while teaching veterinary students, postgraduate students and veterinarians. Scientific information will be shared through scholarly publication, interdisciplinary collaborations, and community outreach. Collaboration with medical professionals will provide opportunities for diagnosis and research into zoonotic diseases (animal diseases affecting humans).
The VDL will be operated by specialist veterinary diagnosticians, using the Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) of Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine training and standards, and will be committed to providing accurate, timely and user-friendly testing services to the veterinary community of Hong Kong and the region. With the increasing size and sophistication of the Hong Kong veterinary community and the drive to modernize veterinary medicine, a world class VDL will aid the advancing veterinary community.
The VDL will benefit veterinary clinicians, pets and pet owners, farmers and their livestock, biomedical researchers, animal parks, and wildlife by providing a comprehensive, quality veterinary diagnostic service delivered in a timely manner. The VDL will represent a unique blend of diagnosis, teaching (underpinning the training of veterinary undergraduates and graduates), research (by servicing the local research and teaching communities) and public service for the citizens of Hong Kong. It will be an additional resource for identifying, tracking and addressing emerging animal diseases and public health issues.
Currently the laboratory building space is undergoing renovation and expected to be completed by late 2016, planning to open to receive samples in 2017.
The VDL has three significant objectives to pursue:
The major sections and services of the lab include: