Virology Lab

The Laboratory for Viral Diagnostics

​The structure of the virology division -


The virology division includes the following laboratories:

A. The laboratory for viral diagnostics (including Arbovirus)

B. The Foot and Mouth laboratory.

C. The molecular virology laboratory.

D. The laboratory for vaccine control.

​The goals of the virology division:


A. Ongoing diagnosis of viral diseases in cattle, goats and sheep, pigs and horses.

B. The development and improvement of diagnostic methods.

C. Practical studies of viral diseases in livestock, including an epidemiological study of diagnostic methods and the implementation or development of vaccines.

D. Providing guidance and advice.

Guidelines for the submission of viral diagnostic samples to the laboratory:

  • The isolation of the virus: in order to isolate the virus it is necessary to take the sample during the acute stages of the disease, and to send it in refrigeration within twenty four hours from the time it was taken. The shipment should be made during work hours, and must include the shipment form after it has been filled in completely and accurately.
  •  Organs and swabs: the samples must be packed in sterilized containers with a transport medium at least in a volume that covers the tissue. These samples must also be sent in refrigeration within twenty four hours from the time they were taken with the completely and accurately filled shipment form.
  • Transport medium: there are various kinds of transport media for various types of viruses and bacteria. Please contact the relevant laboratories in order to inquire what medium is suitable for the desired tests.
  • ​Serological tests: before performing a serological test it is important to decide what is the parameter being tested, and to decide accordingly if the serum of a single animal, a paired serum sample or a serological survey is needed.

The Laboratory for Vaccine Inspection

The laboratory for vaccine inspection registers and tests vaccines intended for veterinary use.

The holding and production of vaccines for veterinary use is done in accordance with the Animal Disease Regulations (Microorganisms, Vaccines and Transmitters) 1975.​