The Cornell University’s College of Veterinary Medicine Quality Milk Production Service (QMPS) laboratory achieves ISO/IEC 17025 laboratory accreditation

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The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) has announced that it has granted accreditation to Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) -- specifically, the Quality Milk Production Service (QMPS) laboratory within CVM's Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC)-- to perform a series of tests on milk (including bulk tank milk) from cows and goats for the detection of mastitis pathogens.

The QMPS Laboratory is the first mastitis laboratory in the US to attain this level of quality accreditation. This accomplishment is the latest in the on-going efforts of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center to assure its clients of the quality of the testing services it provides through third party accreditation, certification and proficiency testing

The American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA) has announced that it has granted accreditation to Cornell University's College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM) -- specifically, the Quality Milk Production Service (QMPS) laboratory within CVM's Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC)-- to perform a series of tests on milk (including bulk tank milk) from cows and goats for the detection of mastitis pathogens.

A2LA President and CEO Peter Unger and Phil Smith, A2LA's Public Affairs Manager, presented an ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation certificate to the QMPS laboratory at a ceremony and mini-symposium held on December 10, 2009 at Cornell University. The certificate was presented to Rubén González, Senior Research Associate, QMPS Laboratory and Denise Archer, Quality Assurance Manager, AHDC.

After accepting the certificate, González said “The QMPS Laboratory is the first mastitis laboratory in the US to attain this level of quality accreditation. This accomplishment is the latest in the on-going efforts of the Animal Health Diagnostic Center to assure its clients of the quality of the testing services it provides through third party accreditation, certification and proficiency testing”.

“This achievement represents Cornell University’s continued leadership to address the domestic and global needs of a veterinary community working together to advance animal and human health” stated Unger.

The Quality Milk Production Services Program (QMPS) promotes the quality of milk by reducing mastitis levels in dairy herds. QMPS offers a variety of services, notably on-farm evaluations of management and equipment and whole herd milk cultures. Based on the findings, the program's extension veterinarians advise producers, veterinarians and milk inspectors regarding optimal practices for improving herd health and farm management.

Speakers at the Mini-Symposium included:

Michael I. Kotlikoff, DVM, PhD, Austin O. Hooley Dean, College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Bruce Akey, MS,DVM, Assistant Dean for Diagnostic Operations and Executive Director, Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC), College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Ynte Schukken, DVM, PhD, QMPS Program Director, Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC), College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Rubén González, DVM, PhD, Senior Research Associate, QMPS, Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC), College of Veterinary Medicine, Cornell University
Michael Brigham, President and Chief Executive Officer, ImmuCell
Roger Saltman, DVM, Group Director, Cattle Veterinary Operations, Pfizer Animal Health
Patrick Hooker, Commissioner, New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets
Sam Potter, Spruce Haven Farm and Research Center, Union Springs, NY
Brenda Moslock-Carter, DVM, Keseca Veterinary Clinic, Geneva, NY

A2LA is a nonprofit, non-governmental, public service, membership organization whose stated mission is to provide comprehensive accreditation services for laboratories, inspection bodies, proficiency testing providers, product certification bodies, and reference material producers. Services are available to entities of all these types, whether governmental or private. It is the largest multi-discipline accreditation body in the United States.

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