Dr. Baszler recognizes that effective animal health services are essential for the development of state-of-the-art surveillance systems that can detect emerging pathogens as well as endemic and epidemic pathogens of importance to both human and animal health. As such, his efforts are largely focused on the advancement and delivery of tools for laboratory diagnosticians and regulatory disease officials with the long-term goal of increasing capacity in under-developed countries to ensure a national disease surveillance system can be implemented and effective.
Current efforts and projects focus on:
- Global infectious disease surveillance and diagnostic capacity building in developing countries
- Diagnostic methods expansion, validation, and implementation
- Improvement of diagnostic laboratory Quality Management Systems including laboratory biosafety & biosecurity practices
- Development and implementation of surveillances systems for antimicrobial resistance
Dr. Baszler is professor and associate director of disease surveillance in the Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health, and the Executive Director of the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory at Washington State University. He is a diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Pathologists, Past President of the American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians (AAVLD) and current Chair of the AAVLD laboratory Accreditation Committee.