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National Veterinary Research Institute in Puławy
December 21, 2011   
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The National Veterinary Research Institute (NVRI) in Puławy is one of the most modern European 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 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 NVRI continues the tradition of a veterinary research center set up in Puławy almost 150 years ago.

The Institute’s main activities are:
- diagnosis, prophylaxis, and control of animal infectious diseases, with special regard to zoonoses;
- supervision of food and feed safety;
- quality evaluation of veterinary drugs, biologicals, and diagnostic kits;
- expertise and consultancy service for the Ministry of Agriculture and Veterinary Inspection;
- running of postgraduate training and professional specialization for vet practitioners.

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 ensure 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 high containment level facilities. 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 animal facility continued until October 2008.

The Institute’s laboratories now meet the highest safety standards. Actually, 203 diagnostic methods are accredited by the Polish Center for Accreditation (PCA). In 2011 the Institute was the first veterinary diagnostic laboratory in the world to be certified by PCA to test vegetables for serotype O104:H4 of E.coli. The Institute acts as the national reference laboratory for diagnosis of infectious animal diseases, including zoonoses, and for the detection of undesirable and prohibited substances in food of animal origin and in feed. Three reference laboratories of the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) are located in our Institute. The leading role of the NVRI in the field of animal health and consumer protection is signified by monitoring of infectious diseases in animals and harmful residues in food of animal origin and in feeds under the Multiannual Research Program conducted since 2003. The Institute organizes international and national conferences and workshops on various aspects of veterinary medicine. A large number of field practitioners and veterinary inspectors receive training at the Postgraduate Training Center. The Institute’s research workers offer their skills as experts working in many committees, working groups, and in national and international organizations that deal with veterinary medicine and associated sciences including, indirectly, issues of human health. Special attention is being paid to international cooperation with Eastern European countries like Ukraine and Moldova with regard to expert training courses. The institute is involved in 12 research projects within the 7th EU Framework Program. All these factors contribute to NVRI’s position as one of the world’s leading scientific research institutions in the field of veterinary medicine.

al. Partyzantów 57, 24-100 Puławy
Phone: 48 81 889-30-00; fax: 48 81 886-25-95
www.piwet.pulawy.pl
sekretariat@piwet.pulawy.pl
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