Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Did You Know?

Did You Know?

VBS poster abstract, seminar, and award highlights from CVM Education Day, May 17, 2019.

Higlights from the Retirement party for Dr. Alvin Beitz, VBS Professor on 5/21/19 in the Hayloft Cafe, Ben Pomeroy Alumni Building.

Research is an international endeavor that involves not only the global exchange of ideas, but often the cross-border movement of material, some of which is closely regulated.

The University of Minnesota and our personnel are required to comply with all applicable laws when shipping, receiving, or carrying regulated goods. With regard to imports, agencies such as the US Department of Agriculture, the Centers for Disease Control, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Food and Drug Administration (among others) impose various notification and permitting requirements on a diverse range of items, including:

  • Infectious biological agents and substances;
  • Pesticides, herbicides, and other toxic substances;
  • Animals and animal products (such as bones, organs, and tissue);
  • Plants and plant products;
  • Soil; and
  • Culturally-significant property (artifacts, antiques, art, etc.).

On the export side, federal authorization is often required before sending or taking:

The neutrophil is a type of white blood cell that acts as a first responder to localized bacterial infections. 

Lassa hemorrhagic fever, which occurs regularly in Western Africa, can often lead to coma and death. This disease is caused by a member of the Arenavirus family, viruses that are passed from infected rodents to humans in the Southern tropics. There are no vaccines or effective drug treatments for most arenavirus infections.