National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN)
The National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN) infrastructure provides critical roles in rapidly detecting and responding to foreign and domestic disease outbreaks and animal health emergencies that threatens our nation’s food supply and public health. The NAHLN is a coordinated State/Federal diagnostic lab network for rapid recognition, identification, and response to routine and/or emerging disease and emergencies.
APHIS and NIFA currently cooperate with 58 laboratories in 43 states.Of these 58 laboratories, only the original 12 core labs receive federal support of $300,000 each per year (less than 6% of the average cost to operate adiagnostic lab). Sixteen other member labs receive only $50,000 each per year (1 percent of the average cost to operate a lab) for ITand other technical systems.