diagnostic services for the agricultural industry. Its mission is to provide quality analytical and diagnostic services to the agricultural industry and to ensure the production and/or export of safe agricultural products as well as assisting veterinarians, their clients, and others responsible for animal and public health in the detection, prevention and understanding of the diseases. A comprehensive text on components, functions, mission and vision of the CVL can be found in the electronic document: PVS CVL updated 28 Jul 2008.
Structure: The Central Veterinary Laboratory consists of three sub‐divisions: Food Science, Diagnostic Services and Biotechnology/research. The Food Science Subdivision consists of food hygiene and toxicology and residue analysis. The Diagnostics Subdivision comprises clinical microbiology and animal reproduction, pathology, parasitology and rabies, serology and BSE (bovine spongiform encephalopathy). The Biotechnology Subdivision is made up of molecular diagnostics for viral and bacterial pathogens, including the use of PCR equipment. They are strictly diagnostic and do not produce vaccines. There are also 3 regional laboratories in Ondangwa, Grootfontein and Gobabis as well as a research/experimental farm at Bergvlug. However, only the former two regional laboratories are currently functional. Their duty is assist the CVL by providing diagnostic services, and fulfil basic parasitological and serological tests. The Grootfontain laboratory is also performing all histopathological analyses. The research farm supplies biological reagents for laboratory use.
Diagnostics and therapeutic activities: Contagious Bovine Pleuropneumonia (CBPP) ‐ ELISA and CFT Food and Mouth Diseases (FMD) using NSP‐ ELISA Avian Influenza (AI) using Haemaglutination Inhibition (HI) Newcastle Diseases (NCD) ‐ HI Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy (BSE) ‐ ELISA Brucella abortus, ovis and mellitensis in cattle, sheep and goats using Rose Bengal Test (RBT), Compliment Fixation test (CFT) ‐ ELISA Dourine in Horses and Donkeys ‐ CFT Infectious Bovine Rhinotracheitis (IBR)‐ ELISA Bovine Viral Diarrhoea Virus (BVDV)‐ELISA Chlamydia‐ ELISA Bovine Leukaemia Virus (BLV) – ELISA Blue Tongue – Gel Immunodiffusion Test (GID) Sheathwashing (Campylobacter spp. and Tri‐ trichomonas fetus. Bacterial isolations and enumerations e. g. Bacillus anthraces, Pasteurella, E.coli , Clostridium spp. , Salmonella spp. Brucella ect. Chlamydia FAT Wildebeest and sheep associated Malignant Catarrhal Fever Virus Campylobacter fetus fetus, C. fetus veneralis Ruminant DNA in feed African Horse Sickness (AHS) Rift valley fever (RvF) Total Plate Count Post‐Mortem Histopathology