Center for Food Animal Health

Future Plans

  • To ensure state-of-the-art approaches and technology for addressing production efficiently; to develop new strategies for controlling, reducing and eliminating hazards; devising new management systems for developing public policy such as Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) and Total Quality Management (TQM).
  • Approaches to be taken will include the application of molecular biology/genomics of microorganisms, embryos, immunobiology and integrated systems management, including use of computers and monitors for addressing genetics, food-borne and public health, animal welfare and well-being, environmental and production issues.
  • To foster research collaborative efforts between AES and cooperative extension faculty to improve quality, value and marketability of agricultural products, enhance understanding of basic biological processes in animals, increase understanding of the principles of biotechnology/genomics, improving the environment and increase public awareness through improved marketing practices.
  • To encourage linkages through research collaborations (multi-state and regional) with other colleges and universities that will facilitate the unique capacity to address specific identified agricultural issues of concern and importance.
  • To include Stakeholder input as an integral part of the proposal review and allocation process for all state and federal appropriations as a means of ensuring that research target areas address the critical issues of strategic importance. Stakeholders include representatives of federal/state agencies, policy makers, commodity organizations, livestock advisors, veterinary organizations, producers and processors.
  • To enhance School programs in microbial genomics as a means of developing new approaches to medical therapies and correcting genetic diseases.
  • To enhance public understanding of the concepts of animal genetics and the role of molecular genetics in improving the quality, efficiency, and safety of producing foods of animal origin. To develop animal production systems that are not environmental threats to humans, and to address animal ecosystem issues through the development of stronger safeguards for better management of water resources, animal waste, and wildlife/animal interface.
  • To focus on better control measures for all aspects of the food chain, from production to consumption, through the development of a greater understanding of chemical, physical and biological hazards relating to food safety.