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The Center for Animal Health & Food Safety

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The CENTER is the focal point for Animal Health & Food Safety research, academic, and extension programs at New Mexico State University (NMSU). The Center supports interaction with research sponsors, and serves to increase NMSU's competitiveness in obtaining research funding in these areas. The Center enhances interdisciplinary opportunities and fosters collaborative partnerships with federal and state agencies and the private sector.

Developed to leverage the collective efforts of existing programmatic activities and with the participation of faculty and staff, the Center's mission is to contribute through research and outreach, to the safety and security of agriculture in New Mexico and to significantly strengthen NMSU's ability to anticipate and respond to emerging agriculture threats both nationally and globally and to advance knowledge for practical application by the agriculture industry.

The Center places a priority on maintaining existing programmatic activities with sponsors and by expanding its collaboration with the private sector, federal and state agencies, and universities. In addition, the Center also seeks out strategic roles in research, training, and outreach related to the US-Mexico border because of its excellent reputation and physical location in the border region.

The Center is organized to support five areas of research: Veterinary Entomology, Food Pathogen Rapid Detection, Rapid Detection of Chemical Toxins in Complex Food Matrices, Open Source Intelligence Analytics for Import Screening Applications and Analytical Method and Instrumentation Development for Biofuels.