Allen School Campuses and Facilities
The Paul G. Allen School for Global Animal Health is located on the Pullman campus of Washington State University. As a part of the WSU College of Veterinary Medicine (CVM), the Allen School has access to resources and teams from a variety of veterinary science disciplines. In addition to the multiple disciplines, the school also works with teams in a variety of international locations, most notably in Tanzania and Kenya.
Global Animal Health Building, Phase II (2020)
The Allen Center
Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health is a 62,000-square-foot, three-story flagship research building that houses a state-of-the-art infectious disease research center for investigating existing and emerging diseases throughout the world. There are two floors of fully operational Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) research laboratory space and a 5,000-square-foot BSL-3 laboratory. The BSL-3 laboratories are fully approved by both the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service for “use without restriction.”
Allen Center Entrance
The Allen Center is located near the veterinary teaching hospital. It overlooks much of the campus and the hills of Pullman and southeastern Washington. Completed in 2010, it houses the research teams of the Allen School.
South Side Labs
The award winning Allen Center uses state-of-the-art energy management and sustainability strategies. The building is a LEED Silver standard design utilizing open space and making the work space inviting and usable for all.
There are a variety of meeting spaces across the building. There are smaller rooms for short meetings while the center has a larger meeting rooms for lectures on the third floor. All are equipped with state-of-the-art two-way audio and video conferencing.
Research Labs (BSL-2)
The Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) labs not only house up-to-date equipment and materials, but the building’s design placed special emphasis on making seamless transitions between the labs and open workspaces facilitating interactions between research teams.
The facility’s open spaces allow all to relax and enjoy the views of eastern Washington. Lunchtime views reveal the full expanse of the Palouse and the campus.
The Allen Center is the home to one of the few Biosafety Level 3 (BSL-3) facilities on the west coast. The lab is used for research focused on microbes that can be transmitted via inhalation. The resources are shared with the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Lab (WADDL).
International Facilities and Outreach
Together with partners at the Kilimanjaro Clinical Research Institute, the Veterinary Investigation Centre, and Glasgow University, the Allen School also has laboratory facilities that serve the animal and public health mission in northern Tanzania. There is also new work with the Universidad del Valle de Guatemala on antimicrobial and epidemiological initiatives.
Field Work in Africa
The Allen School works with international partners to eliminate rabies as a cause of human death by 2030. Combining discoveries such as the thermo-tolerance of rabies vaccines with community-based vaccination of over 1 million dogs in east Africa, WSU is a leader in development and deployment of the strategies needed to eliminate rabies.
Labs in Tanzania
Dr. Guy Palmer reviews the facilities in Tanzania on a recent trip to collaborate with local partners. The Allen School conducts regional research on antimicrobial resistance, rabies, and other epidemiological studies.
Rabies Vaccination Campaigns
Allen School partners regularly travel to various locations across Kenya and Tanzania to administer rabies vaccinations to community dogs. These vaccination campaigns have led to decreases in the cases of human rabies infections and the spread of rabies into regional fauna.
Global Health - Kenya
Dr. Kariuki Njenga works in one of the Allen School laboratories. He acts as country director for WSU Global Health – Kenya. Working out of the University of Nairobi, he and his team focus their research on emerging infectious diseases in the region.
Allen School representatives visit clinics in Guatemala to better understand the use of antibiotics and the determinants of use at the household level. Communities include urban and rural at each altitude to incorporate determinants such as presence of animals and differences in sanitation.
Livestock and Antibiotics
The Allen School is working with Universidad del Valle de Guatemala to identify problems that provoke and propagate antimicrobial resistance. The experience with African rural farming communities can be directly applied to these Central American regions.
WSU CVM Buildings
There are eight main CVM buildings across the WSU campus. Each of them is home to different services and departments. The Allen School is located in the Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health near the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. While most of the research is done in this building, Allen School team members collaborate with a variety of departments across the university.
Paul G. Allen Center for Global Animal Health is a 62,000-square-foot, three-story flagship research building that houses a state-of-the-art infectious disease research center for investigating existing and emerging diseases throughout the world. There are two floors of Biosafety Level 2 (BSL-2) research laboratory space, and a 5,000-square-foot BSL-3 laboratory.
Bustad Hall houses the college administration, student services, a public lounge, lecture and lab facilities, a vivarium, and the Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL). WADDL provides state-of-the-art diagnostic services, consultation, disease surveillance, and outreach to safeguard animal health, the food supply, and public health.
The Animal Disease Biotechnology Facility houses the Departments of Veterinary Microbiology and Pathology, Veterinary Clinical Sciences, the Field Disease Investigative Unit, and U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Research Service - Animal Disease Research Unit.
Veterinary Teaching Hospital
The Veterinary Teaching Hospital provides full service care and offers a wide range of specialty services in oncology, cardiology, orthopedic and soft tissue surgery, internal medicine, theriogenology, dentistry, and neurology. Each year, the hospital treats thousands of patients including companion animals, horses, livestock, and exotics.
Veterinary Biomedical Research Building
The Veterinary Biomedical Research Building houses the college’s Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience program. In addition to individual research, faculty are responsible for teaching anatomy, physiology, pharmacology, toxicology, and neuroscience courses within the professional veterinary education curriculum. The new building adjoins the Biotechnology-Life Sciences Building, creating one of the best concentrations of biomedical laboratory facilities on the WSU campus.
Biotechnology-Life Sciences Building
The Biotechnology-Life Sciences Building houses the School for Molecular Biosciences, which offers programs in biochemistry, genetics and cell biology, and microbiology. The new building adjoins the Veterinary Biomedical Research Building, creating one of the best concentrations of biomedical laboratory facilities on the WSU campus.
McCoy Hall, the original teaching hospital, houses student labs, offices, the Robert P. Worthman Veterinary Anatomy Museum, Clinical Simulation Center, animal care space, and the SCAVMA bookstore.
Wegner Hall is home to labs, lecture rooms, and the Animal Health Library. Established in 1963, the library primarily serves the research and teaching needs of the college. The Animal Health Library provides information on biomedical topics and other resources for practicing veterinarians, pharmacists, physicians, and clinical pharmacologists.