Saturday, August 20, 2016

TPWD alerts deer breeders TVMDL is USDA live testing approved. Faster ELISA testing now available

TPWD alerts deer breeders TVMDL is USDA live testing approved. Faster ELISA testing now available


Official Update from the TPWD Wildlife Permit Office


Your Source for Timely, Accurate Deer Permit Information


Dear Texas Deer Breeders,


Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has just been notified by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)/National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) of the requirements to accommodate TPWD’s policy on live animal testing for CWD in approved laboratories. The Texas A&M Veterinarian Medical Diagnostic Laboratory (TVMDL) will be the only approved diagnostic laboratory in the US currently authorized to conduct this live animal testing. All samples for live animal testing for CWD must be submitted through TVMDL. The USDA/NAHLN is working with additional NAHLN laboratories for authorization to conduct live animal testing. As additional labs become authorized, TVMDL will forward samples to those labs as needed to handle the work load. Please note that testing of live animals for CWD is currently not an officially approved test under the USDA’s CWD program; therefore, these results cannot be used to qualify animals for interstate movement or to meet the USDA Herd Certification Program requirements.


Please also note that as of August 15, 2016, test results for any breeder deer samples sent to TVMDL for CWD testing will be uploaded to TWIMS via an automated routine. To ensure that your CWD test results are efficiently processed by both TVMDL and TPWD, please ensure that any accession forms sent to TVMDL between now and August 15, 2016 clearly reference the unique number for each deer being tested. If the test submitted to TVMDL is for postmortem sampling, please report the death in TWIMS as soon as possible so that the result can be credited to your facility as quickly as possible. As of August 15, 2016, all accession forms must be created through TWIMS, and will automatically include all required information to ensure the results are received and accurately processed in TWIMS. TPWD staff will not be able to process any test results that do not reference a unique number. Please contact TPWD staff with any questions.




Deer Breeder Program Staff




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