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National Veterinary Research Institute in Puławy
December 30, 2010   
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The National Veterinary Research Institute (PIWet-PIB) in Puławy is one of Europe’s most modern scientific institutions dealing with the protection of animal health and the hygiene of food of animal origin. Set up in 1945, the institute continues the work of the Veterinary Department of the National Scientific Institute of Farming (PINGW) established in 1917. The latter institution originated from the Polytechnic, Agriculture and Forestry Institute set up in Puławy in 1862 and turned seven years later into the Institute of Farming and Forestry. The institutes had research and teaching units involved in veterinary medicine. This means that PIWet-PIB continues the tradition of a veterinary research center set up in Puławy almost 150 years ago.

The main Institute’s activity is as follows:
  • diagnosis, prophylaxis, and control animal infectious diseases, with special regard to zoonoses
  • supervision of food and feed safety
  • pre-licence testing and quality evaluation of veterinary drugs, biologicals, and diagnostic kits
  • expertise and consultancy service for the Ministry of Agriculture and veterinary administration
  • running of postgraduate training and professional specialization

The process of Poland’s integration with the European Union brought about new tasks for the institute. They included assistance in adapting Polish veterinary regulations to EU requirements and the launch of a network of national reference laboratories. In the 1990s, an idea emerged to expand and modernize the institute’s laboratories. Efforts were started to obtain approval from the Agriculture Ministry and to secure funding for the project. The existing main building of the institute, designed and built in the 1930s, was not suitable for work with dangerous pathogens; it did not have CL-3 and CL-4 laboratories. There was an urgent need to build new laboratories that would meet EU standards in this respect, and to modernize the institute’s old building. The construction of the new laboratory building and auxiliary facilities began in January 2005. The new laboratories were ready for researchers in February 2007, while the conversion of the multifunctional building continued until October 2008. Bronisław Komorowski, then parliamentary Speaker and now president, officially opened the new laboratories Nov. 18, 2008, marking the completion of the expansion and modernization project.

The institute’s laboratories now meet the highest safety standards, are being certified by the Polish Center for Accreditation (PCA) and act as reference laboratories for diagnosing infectious animal diseases and detecting harmful substances in food of animal origin and in animal feed. The institute has three World Organization for Health (OIE) reference laboratories. The institute organizes international and national conferences on various aspects of veterinary science. A large number of veterinarians receive training at the institute. They develop their expertise and become specialists in various fields of veterinary medicine. The institute’s research workers offer their skills as experts working on many committees and in national and international organizations that deal with veterinary medicine and associated sciences, including-indirectly-issues of human health. The institute is working on 27 research projects as part of the EU’s 7th Framework Program. All these factors contribute to PIWet-PIB’s position as one of the world’s leading scientific research institutions in the field of veterinary medicine.
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