The National Animal Disease Center is a federally funded research facility dedicated to investigating and producing technology related to eliminating infectious, genetic and metabolic diseases that affect livestock and poultry across the United States. Established in the heart of the Cultivation Corridor in Ames, Iowa, in 1956, the center is now among the world’s largest animal health facilities. The NADC develops practices and creates technologies aimed at preventing and controlling the spread of livestock diseases that threaten the national economy and public health, and is responsible for early prevention, diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and pre-harvest contamination of livestock and poultry with food-borne human pathogens. Researchers at the center have contributed much to the prevention of livestock suffering and death through the development of new vaccines and disease suppressants, and successfully eradicated hog cholera in the U.S. in 1978 by creating a diagnostic test now used throughout the world. Ideally located in Iowa — the nation’s top exporter of both pork and eggs — the National Animal Disease Center has partnered with dozens of research institutes across the nation including nearby Iowa State University and works closely with the rural agricultural community to advance safe practices in livestock and poultry production. In 2005 the NADC received $178 million in government funding as part of the final phase of $460 million in total upgrades that make the center one of the most advanced animal health facilities in the world.
We cannot do without the appropriate technology and infrastructure — but it is our people who make Ames the crown jewel in animal health research and diagnosis worldwide. The new and improved National Centers for Animal Health are helping us confront the problems we face today — but also preparing us for tomorrow.
— Ann Veneman
Former United States Secretary of Agriculture
The Department of Agriculture’s dedicated animal research facility
Among the world’s largest and most advanced animal health facilities
Safeguards the nation’s livestock and poultry