Ground broken for new vet lab at Hopkinsville

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Murray State University is upgrading its veterinary diagnostic laboratory in western Kentucky, and work is underway on the $32 million facility.

Gov. Steve Beshear, university official and other dignitaries gathered Thursday to break ground on Murray State's Hopkinsville Regional Campus.

Beshear's office says the 53,000-square-foot Breathitt Veterinary Center is scheduled to open in 2016.

The current center, also located on Murray State's campus in Hopkinsville, performs more than 200,000 laboratory tests per year. Beshear's office says additional space will allow the facility to meet increased demand as well as increase public services into areas like food and environmental safety, as well as water quality.

The facility will also include a biological safety level 3 laboratory suite to work with bacteria, parasites or viruses that can affect animals and humans.

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