Institute of Tropical Veterinary Medicine, number 1
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Texas became a crossroad for the international movement of many species of livestock. Thirty-three ports of entry into Texas developed. These ports and inland cities became terminals for international activities, the transporting of humans, animals, and plants and refuse disposal. Any of these had potential to harbor foreign animal disease microorganisms or vectors. Since Texas has been a major portal to animal disease entry and with the new threat of bioterrorism, it became more significant than ever that Dr. Maurer founded the Institute of Tropical Veterinary Medicine in 1968. The objective of the institute was to advance the state and national welfare by contributing to the further development of the world's food supply through improved animal health and productivity by means of research and training in animal diseases peculiar to the tropics. Grants, gifts, and bequests funded its work.
DescriptionImage of building with a sign that reads 'Institute of Tropical Veterinary Medicine'. During the fiscal year 1967-1968, three buildings were constructed with TAES funds on the Veterinary Research Farm at Texas A&M and made available for use by Institute of Tropical Veterinary Medicine (ITVM). Two steel buildings, each approximately 50' x 70', served as offices and laboratory in one structure and the other as a laboratory animal building. The third structure, built on a concrete slab with chain link walls and metal roof, contained hay and grain storage areas and was divided into 28 box stalls to serve as a large animal facility. Physical description: black-and-white negatives, 2.5X3.5mm
International Tropical Veterinary Medicine
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