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Levels of advancement

II­1 Veterinary laboratory diagnosis

1.

Disease diagnosis is almost always conducted by clinical

means only, with laboratory diagnostic capability being

The authority and capability of the VS to identify and record pathogenic agents, including those relevant for public health, that can adversely affect animals and animal products.

generally unavailable.

2.

For major zoonoses and diseases of national economic

importance, the VS have access to and use a laboratory to

obtain a correct diagnosis.

3.

For other zoonoses and diseases present in the

country, the VS have access to and use a laboratory to obtain a correct diagnosis. 4. For diseases of zoonotic or economic importance not present in the country, but known to exist in the region and/ or that could enter the country, the VS have access to and use a laboratory to obtain a correct diagnosis. 5. In the case of new and emerging diseases in the region or world, the VS have access to and use a network of national or international reference laboratories (e.g. an OIE Reference

Laboratory) to obtain a correct diagnosis.

Results Strengths : Highly qualified technical personnel CVL makes good use of laboratories abroad for reference, confirmation and support Good laboratory support for rabies investigation Good laboratory support to meet the strict export requirements on pathogen and residue testing Good courier system for sample transport Weaknesses : Too many vacancies in critical positions including directors of services Budgetary deficiencies accentuated by nonrecovery of services rendered (payment for services rendered goes directly to Treasury rather than to reimburse for reagents and supplies utilized) Heavy emphasis on laboratory services related to export No direct integration between databases (laboratory database with TADInfo) Supporting documentation (documents or photos): PVS CVL updated 25 Jul 2008 version PVS presentation CVL 12 Aug 2008 Detailed findings during visit: Laboratory Staff: The positions all filled by highly qualified personnel with high motivation and good international relations. However, due to budgetary restrictions there is no continuing education. Staff are trained whenever a possibility arises e.g. through courses given by IAEA etc. A library exists, but the staff would like to have access to more scientific literature. Position and mission: The Central Veterinary Laboratory is under the Directorate of Veterinary Services within the Ministry of Agriculture, Water and Forestry. It is the central public institution responsible for veterinary

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