Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center
The Nebraska Veterinary Diagnostic Center (NVDC) includes diagnostic and research labs, offices, animal labs, and support facilities. Major functional areas include, necropsy, virology/serology/wildlife, bacteriology, histology, and ABSL-3 laboratory.
The NVDC building addresses emerging bio-containment and bioterrorism issues associated with contemporary food, animal, and public health safety. There is advanced diagnostic service, bio-security and instructional capacity, expanded research capacity, and public health safety. It is equipped with sophisticated, sustainable, safe, and flexible 21st-century instrumentation.
- Building spaces, including administrative areas, office, and office support areas were designed to a minimum of Biosafety Level 1 (BSL-1).
- Diagnostic laboratories necropsy, and laboratory support spaces were designed to a minimum of Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2).
- The design includes an Animal Biosafety Level 3 (ABSL-3) laboratory allowing work with biological hazards in small animals.
- Biocontainment is achieved through the use of the following:
- Biosafety cabinets
- Negative directional airflow
- 100% ducted ventilation
- HEPA-filtered exhaust
- Impervious interior surfaces
- The design includes restricted access control via interlocked door sets.
- The building was provided with a voice and data communications structured cable system, including telecommunications rooms (TRs), pathways, backbone fiber/copper, horizontal copper cables, termination hardware, cable management hardware, and communications outlet faceplates and jacks.
Photography credit: Kessler Photography