- Associated Press - Sunday, September 27, 2015

DURHAM, N.H. (AP) - The New Hampshire Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory is getting ready for an open house.

The new lab on the University of New Hampshire campus assists the state commissioner of agriculture and the state veterinarian in their efforts to monitor and control important animal diseases. It also provides diagnostic services to hundreds of veterinarians from New Hampshire and New England who use the lab’s services for the diagnosis of animal diseases in pets, farm animals, wildlife, zoo and marine animals.

The open house is scheduled for Wednesday, Oct. 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The $2.5 million construction project consists of a one-story, 6,500-square-foot facility near the Macfarlane Greenhouses.

“This expanded and much-improved facility has been needed for a long time,” said Lorraine Merrill, commissioner of the New Hampshire Department of Agriculture, Markets & Food. “The new lab will enhance productivity and expand capacity for handling larger livestock - important for animal agriculture in the state. The new lab’s location adjacent to the Thompson School gives farmers and other users easy access to the lab’s services. We expect this greatly improved accessibility will result in increased use of the lab’s services, which will benefit animal agriculture and help protect public health in the state and region.”

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