Poultry breeder Aviagen announced it has started constructing a new veterinary services laboratory in Elkmont, Ala. At about 14,000 square feet, the lab will give the company almost twice the space of the existing lab when it’s complete in 2011.


Designed to meet biosafety level 2 standards, the facility, located less than a mile from its current laboratory, will employ 20 people and support Aviagen’s continued growth. It will perform diagnostic protocols mandated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the National Poultry Improvement Plan, as well as other molecular diagnostics that support procedures aimed at meeting all export requirements.