Groundbreaking held for new Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory (MPTL)
The groundbreaking for the expansion of the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory (MPTL) was held on December 21, 2015 in Willmar Minnesota. The MPTL is a partnership between the University of Minnesota Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory and the Minnesota Board of Animal Health. The MPTL tests samples from poultry for the National Poultry Improvement Plan (NPIP) as well as conducting other diagnostic and surveillance tests.
Following the 2015 Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak, the Minnesota State Legislature appropriated over 8.5 million dollars to improve surge capacity for potential outbreaks and to upgrade the existing diagnostic facilities. The building will add 8235 square feet of laboratory, office and meeting space to the existing 3665 square feet. The laboratory will have the ability to perform PCR tests for avian influenza virus and will also have necropsy space and improved facilities for bacteriology and serology testing. Construction is expected to begin in January 2016 and be completed by August 2016.