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Research Project: Animal Protection and Care for Cattle, Horses, Goats, and Sheep

Location: Animal Disease Research

Project Number: 2090-32000-035-04-S
Project Type: Non-Assistance Cooperative Agreement

Start Date: Sep 1, 2019
End Date: Aug 31, 2024

Objective:
The objectives of this cooperative equine and bovine theileriosis research are to: 1) test and evaluate vaccine candidates and vaccination strategies for equine and bovine theileriosis; 2) test and evaluate new upgraded wind barriers in the WSU Advanced Animal Research Hill Facility so that the wind shelter provided to resident animals meets current IACUC inspection standards for young calves and for horses necessary for theileriosis research; 3) test and evaluate fencing upgrades so that animal enclosures meet current IACUC inspection standards for horses and calves; 4) test and evaluate fencing upgrades so that additional fencing areas meet current IACUC inspection standards and recommendations necessary for continuation of research; 5) upgrade internet and communications utilities to improve research and animal care data entry for theileriosis research; and 6) enhance the efficiency of collaborative animal research through improved integration of facilities and research planning and operations.

Approach:
The USDA, Agricultural Research Service (ARS) and Washington State University (WSU) are collaborating to advance equine and bovine theileriosis research in the WSU Advanced Animal Research Hill Facility that is used by both WSU and ARS scientists. Vaccine candidates will be produced and tested for protection against theileriosis. This agreement will ensure that the facilities and labor are adequate to advance research for both parties on animal disease caused by Theileria species and other pathogens. Vaccine candidates will be jointly designed and tested. The cooperator will provide preliminary design and labor fees, and certain materials for facility alerations. The Cooperator will have their own facility maintenance staff or a WSU contractor perform upgrades. The Director of the Animal Health Research Center will oversee the operation. Research reagents will be developed and tested. Data, reagents, and technologies developed by research in the WSU Advanced Animal Research Hill Facility will be used by the ARS and Cooperator's research programs.