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                               Meet the Lasher Staff

Lasher Laboratory is a poultry diagnostic lab - the only one of its kind in Delaware.  Our employees have a combined 214 years of experience, and take pride in providing this service to the major commercial integrators, such as Allen Family Foods, Amick Farms, Mountaire Farms, Perdue Farms, Townsends, Inc. and Tyson Foods.  In addition to diagnostics, we play a major role in keeping our food supply safe through food safety testing.   The high level of quality control standards maintained by the Lasher Laboratory has enabled the lab to be a provisionally-approved member of the National Animal Health Laboratory Network (NAHLN). 

Lasher Lab works closely with commercial poultry integrators and the Delaware Department of Agriculture to provide continuous screening for the highly contagious avian influenza virus.  Ongoing surveillance of poultry on the shore is a direct result of the 2004 Avian Influenza outbreak on Delmarva, where our staff worked continuously to provide testing until the outbreak was contained and the decontamination was complete.  On April 17, 2008, at the Annual Delmarva Poultry Industry Booster Banquet, the Lasher Lab team was presented with a “Special Recognition Award for Outstanding Service to Delmarva’s Chicken Industry.”