study for avian influenza

National and international service

The National Veterinary Institute DTU monitors for serious infectious animal diseases. The veterinary preparedness against dangerous infectious diseases in Denmark is a collaboration between the National Veterinary Institute and the Danish Food and Veterinary Administration.

Public sector consultancy nationally

Two Danish public authorities, the Danish Food and Veterinary Administration and the Danish Forest and Nature Agency, make use of the advisory services of the National Veterinary Institute DTU, and the institute also gives advice to the industry and interest groups.

We give advice about diseases in livestock

We give advice to the Danish Food and Veterinary Administration about diseases in production animals in Denmark, assessing the risk of infection and spread of diseases in livestock. The institute diagnoses a number of diseases and provides data for the surveillance of the disease status in Denmark.

We are part of the Danish veterinary contingency plan

The veterinary contingency plan against infectious disease in livestock in Denmark takes place in collaboration between the National Veterinary Institute DTU and the Danish Food and Veterinary Administration. The institute is responsible for the laboratory part, doing the analyses to confirm or deny suspicion on infection, whereas the Danish Food and Veterinary Administration decides how to handle a situation, for example to establish restriction or surveillance zones and destroy infected animals.

Urgent laboratory alert is initiated both at suspicion and outbreak of serious infectious diseases in livestock. The institute also manufactures vaccines and sera for prevention when commercial products are not available.

Our work with several national surveillance programs for diseases in livestock and zoonoses helps supporting our preparedness. The research and diagnostic expertise of the institute is a very important prerequisite for the high quality of the veterinary preparedness.

The institute performs a great number of diagnostic analyses on a commercial basis. As the methods and equipment are the same as the ones used in case of suspicions and outbreaks of serious animal diseases, this commercial activity helps the laboratory keep currently updated and maintain an effective preparedness.

Our research focuses on four selected areas concerning serious diseases in livestock with the purpose to support the veterinary contingency plan and to strengthen our activities within research, vaccine development, education and innovation. The four areas are:

We give advice about diseases in the wild fauna

We give advice to the Danish Forest and Nature Agency about diseases in the wild fauna. This includes various species, from seals and whales to foxes and roe deer.

The institute is in charge of surveying the state of health in the wild fauna and – when diseases are found – to examine the reasons and to suggest potential control measures to the Danish Forest and Nature Agency. Read more about surveillance and activities on wildlife at Wildlifehealth.dk.

National reference laboratories

The institute has been appointed national reference laboratory for all serious infectious diseases in livestock.

The most significant are:  

  • Foot- and mouth disease
  • Swine fever
  • Bluetongue
  • Newcastle disease
  • Avian influenza
  • Brucellosis
  • Transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, TSE, including BSE.  

The National Veterinary Institute has been appointed national reference laboratory for bivalve mollusc diseases and thus conducts studies and advises the authorities. Read about the reference laboratory for bivalve molluscs here.

In some areas the institute is also national reference laboratory for the Nordic and Baltic countries, based on diagnostic collaborative agreements.

At the DVFA website you can find a list of all diseases that the National Veterinary Institute is national reference laboratory for.

Public sector consultancy internationally

Four international organisations are of special importance for the National Veterinary Institute’s relations to international authorities:

  • EU-commission
  • World Organisation for Animal Health, OIE
  • European commission for foot-and-mouth disease, EuFMD
  • European Food Safety Agency, EFSA

Read more about the National Veterinary Institute’s relations to those authorities here.

The institute is an international reference laboratory

The National Veterinary Institute DTU is an international reference laboratory in the following areas:

The institute participates in expert groups

Besides the permanent groups set up in the international organisations, the employees of the institute currently participate in working and expert groups for livestock diseases, animal health and animal welfare.

In collaboration with other national reference laboratories we participate in international activities that contribute to documenting the quality of our work. Primarily, these activities take place under the auspices of the EU Commission’s European reference laboratories. 

In collaboration with other national reference laboratories we participate in international activities that contribute to documenting the quality of our work. Primarily, these activities take place under the auspices of the EU Commission’s European reference laboratories. 

Head of Section

Kristian Møller
Head of Department & Deputy Head of Department
DTU Vet
+45 35 88 61 89