In fiscal year 2021, the Animal Health National program (NP 103) completed the 5th year of the 5-year national program cycle, during which significant accomplishments were achieved towards understanding priority diseases as well as the development of veterinary medical countermeasures to detect, prevent, control, and effectively respond to disease outbreaks.
NP 103 researchers continued to conduct emergency response research to address concerns that SARS-CoV-2 can spill over from humans to animals. One important discovery reported by ARS scientists was the first report that white tail deer were susceptible to SARS-CoV-2 and could rapidly spread the virus to other deer.
USDA kicked off the first-ever “Mitigating Zoonotic Threats” Scialog as part of the National Bio and Agro-defense Facility (NBAF) Agrosecurity Partnerships for Innovative Research (ASPIRE) Program. The Scialog or “Science Dialogue” brings together early-career scientists from multiple disciplines to generate an interdisciplinary community through three annual meetings focused on finding innovative solutions.
A “Detect to Protect” Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) crowd-sourcing challenge was launched FY2021 for the early detection of CWD in live animals, prior to clinical signs. To date six contestants were awarded prizes in Phase 1 of the project and selected to move to Phase 2 of the challenge.
To ready more about NP 103 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.2Mb) FY 21 Annual Report
FY 2020 NP 103 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.3Mb): FY 20 Annual Report
FY 2019 NP 103 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.3Mb): FY 19 Annual Report
FY 2018 NP 103 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.2Mb): FY 18 Annual Report
FY 2017 NP 103 Accomplishments (pdf; 0.1Mb): FY 17 Annual Report