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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

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The Southeast Poultry Research Laboratory (SEPRL) was established in 1962 to study air sacculitis in broiler chickens.  The laboratory's research program has subsequently expanded and evolved to address numerous emerging disease problems of the poultry industry. The SEPRL scientific staff provides a diverse pool of professional expertise, including veterinarians, microbiologists, immunologists, molecular virologists, and an agricultural engineer. Support from technicians, animal caretakers, and administrative office personnel are critically important to the overall operation of the laboratory.  The current total staff of 55 also includes contract support personnel, graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows. The laboratory complex consists of many separate buildings located on 32 acres donated by and adjacent to the University of Georgia.  Specialized facilities, designed and operated to contain highly infectious diseases of poultry, allow research on these diseases to be performed without posing a threat to the environment, the public, or to the poultry industry. Nearby laboratories include the USDA-ARS Russell Research Center, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the University of Georgia Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center. Throughout four decades of service, SEPRL has maintained close ties with industry, academia and other government agencies, consistently striving to provide an open, responsive research atmosphere.

Last Modified: 4/23/2009
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