Dr. Dale Lauer, director of the Minnesota Poultry Testing Laboratory in Willmar, is this year’s recipient of the Exemplary Leadership Award. The award goes to a person who has achieved recognition in their chosen field and made significant contributions to it.

Glenn Leitch and a team from Jennie-O nominated Lauer due to his response during the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza outbreak last summer.

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.