International collaboration

The National Veterinary Institute is participating in many international networks and has agreements on research and development with numerous world leading laboratories and universities. By working internationally, we ensure that our knowledge is always up to date, which enhance our level of research. Furthermore, our international focus provides a very good basis to offer top level services to both Danish and international authorities.



The National Veterinary Institute is a member of Collaborating Veterinary Laboratories, also known as CoVetLab or Club5. This network is created by the European Commission to improve the cohesion between veterinary laboratories in Europe. The network consists of five national public veterinary and health institutions.

Read more about Covetlab here.



The National Veterinary Institute participates in ANIHWA (continuation of EMIDA Era-Net), which seeks to coordinate research in the veterinary field and define a common research agenda. The National Veterinary Institute's job is amongst other things to map and identify research needs. The focus is on emerging and existing infectious diseases in animals, especially the diseases that pose a threat to humans (zoonoses).

Read more about ANIHWA here.


The National Veterinary Institute's researchers are involved in the DISCONTOOLS expert groups, whose work amongst other talsks is to create a database of animal diseases. The goal is to get a tool that can help to focus and prioritize research which ultimately will result in new and better vaccines, medicines and diagnostics. The work is supported by the European Commission.

Read more about DISCONTOOLS here.



The EU has established the EFSA, European Food Safety Agency, whose primary tasks are scientific and technical advisory services, collection and analysis of information, early warning, crisis alert and consumer information. The EFSA is situated in Parma, Italy, and is headed by a board of directors and a managing director. The National Veterinary Institute is represented in the EFSA panel for Animal Health And Welfare (AHAW) by the deputy head of Section of Virology Anette Bøtner and assigned professor at the National Veterinary Institute Preben Willeberg.

Read more about AHAW here.



The National Veterinary Institute participates in the EU-funded NADIR network of research facilities, which is working with infectious animal diseases. Amongst other things, the work revolves around organizing courses held by the members and exchange of knowledge.

Read more about NADIR here.



The National Veterinary Institute houses the international research center for Veterinary Epidemiology (International EpiLab), as designated by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE). EpiLab aims to provide a network for intensified research in veterinary epidemiology based on the vast number of records on livestock in Denmark.

See reports from EpiLab here.


World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) has assigned the National Veterinary Institute as reference laboratory for the fish disease VHS (Viral haemorrhagic septicemia). OIE is responsible for improving the health of animals in the entire world and is led by an international committee that meets annually and elects a general director of management.

Read more about OiE here.


The National Veterinary Institute is assigned by the EU as European reference laboratory for fish diseases. The Institute assures the quality of European countries' diagnostics and their monitoring of major infectious diseases of fish.

Read more about the reference laboratory and its activities at



The National Veterinary Institute is one of 15 partners in the EPIZONE network that focuses on livestock diseases such as bluetongue, foot-and-mouth disease, African and classical swine fever, avian influenza, West Nile virus, and rinderpest. EPIZONE aims at preventing and controlling animal diseases, and the network helps to reduce both risks and damage caused by these diseases in the EU and beyond. This is done by including diagnostics, vaccine development, epidemiology, surveillance, and risk assessment.

Read more about EPIZONE here.



The National Veterinary Institute participates in the European surveillance network for bluetongue. The EU BTNET system is a web-based programme, which stands for the international monitoring of bluetongue in the EU. The system collects and analyzes relevant epidemiological data about the situation of bluetongue in EU Member States.

Read more about EU-BTNET here.



EuFMD is a commission for the control of foot-and-mouth disease under the auspices of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). The commission has existed since 1954, when foot-and-mouth disease was widespread in Europe. Its role is to support the participating countries in preventing infection with foot-and-mouth disease. This is coordinated with the EU's Directorate General for Health and Consumers. The EuFMD also supports the EU neighbour states to control foot-and-mouth disease. The National Veterinary Institute DTU participates in open commission meetings, but is not represented by a personal commission member at present.

Read more about the EuFMD here.



The National Veterinary Institute participates in the European surveillance network for Culicoides MedReoNet. The network focuses on sharing and exchanging data, expertise, experiences, and information through meetings. It also focuses on the development of surveillance systems and on establishing a European database for surveillance, disease prevalence, virus isolation, and vaccine use.

Read more about MedReoNet here.
18 OCTOBER 2018