June 2022
NEL visits Cornell's Animal Health Diagnostic Center
during NE-USAHA meeting in Ithaca, NY
Since 1912, a veterinary diagnostic service has existed at the College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University. In the 1970's the New York State Legislature enacted laws that authorized the Commissioner of Agriculture to contract with Cornell University for the operation of a veterinary diagnostic laboratory. In 1974, funds were appropriated for the construction of a veterinary diagnostic laboratory building within the College of Veterinary Medicine complex. 
The Animal Health Diagnostic Center (AHDC) & New York State Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory at Cornell University offers comprehensive veterinary diagnostic services in anatomic and clinical pathology, microbiology, toxicology, endocrinology, and comparative coagulation. *

The Northeast US Animal Health Association (NE-USAHA) conducted their annual meeting in Ithaca, NY the first week of May and NEL's Account Executive, Sabrina Gormley, was able to attend. For many years, NEL has worked very closely with Cornell's AHDC and other key members of NE-USAHA. Providing high quality culture media products to
animal health labs across New England, NEL has become a
trusted partner in the animal health segment.
Several key topics discussed at the NE-USAHA meeting included Rabies, African Swine Fever, Chronic Wasting Disease, Avian Influenza, and environmental contaminants that impact food safety, human, animal, and environmental health.

Touring Cornell's Animal Health Diagnostic Center, followed by a beautiful dinner in the Atrium.
Touring Cornell Dairy where during a normal semester, the Dairy processes about 3,000 gallons of milk each week, produced by the 200-cow herd at the Teaching Dairy Barn, which is managed by the College of Veterinary Medicine.

The processing plant makes fluid milk, yogurt, butter and cheese for Cornell Dining. It also makes 18 flavors of ice cream for the Cornell Dairy Bar – which is also scooped in the dining halls.*

Media of the Month
NEL offers TSA Agar in the following formats:

P1660 - TSA Agar Plates, 20mL
P1667 - TSA Agar Plates, 30mL
P4000 - TSA with L&P80, 14mL contact plates
P4040 - TSA with Tween80, 14mL contact plates
T2050 - TSA Slant, 10mL
T2060 - TSA Slant, 20mL

TSA (Trypticase Soy Agar)

Trypticase Soy Agar (TSA) is primarily used for the isolation and cultivation of a wide variety of microorganisms. It is the same culture media as described in USP Chapter <61> as Soybean Casein Digest Agar Medium (SCD). TSA is also used as a base for blood agar media.

TSA is widely used for maintaining clinical laboratory microorganism stock cultures, plate counting, isolation and enumeration of microorganisms for samples from a variety of sources including cleanroom air, surface and glove samples, water and wastewater samples, cosmetic products, dairy products, and food products.

TSA is highly nutritious and non-selective, allowing growth of fastidious and non-fastidious microorganisms; including many pathogens. Always refer to appropriate procedures and methods for sample collection, inoculation, and disposal, and perform biochemical or serological testing to identify organisms of interest as necessary.

Do you like to golf?

NEL is once again proud to support several amazing organizations making a difference for the people of Maine.

Maine Indoor Air Quality Council are once again hosting fundraising events at local golf courses. NEL is proud to sponsor these events as well as participate!
What: Annual Mid-Maine Chamber Golf Classic
When: June 6th
Where: Waterville Country Club:
39 Country Club Rd, Oakland, ME 04963

What: MIAQC Annual Golf Outing
When: June 8th
Where: Poland Spring Resort:
37 Robbins Rd, Poland, ME 04274

Remember: A bad day of golf is still better than a day at the office! Join the fun and support these amazing organizations!
Bikes for Books
NEL recently sponsored Central Lodge #45's Bikes for Books program. The Lodge provided nearly 70 bikes to local students in the Winslow, China, and Albion elementary schools.

Every student received a t-shirt for participating and 1 boy and
1 girl from each class were
awarded a bicycle for reading the most books in their class

NEL's Analytical Quality Assurance Manager, Matt Galasyn,
was happy to see "Northeast Laboratory Services" on his daughter's shirt when she returned home from school.

Caroline Galasyn is a 1st grade student at Winslow Elementary School and we are proud of
her for participating in this
wonderful program!

Way to go, Caroline!
Upcoming Events:

Coffee with the Manager - Northeast Laboratory Services, Winslow, ME June 1st

Mid-Maine Chamber Golf Classic - Waterville Country Club, Waterville, ME June 6th

Maine Indoor Air Quality Golf Outing - Poland Spring Resort, Poland, ME June 8th

227 China Road
Winslow, ME 04901

120 Main Street
Westbrook, ME 04092
* Disclaimer: this newsletter is for informational purposes only; it does not constitute legal or medical advice, and should not be construed as such.