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"Republican Veterinary-sanitary and Phytosanitary Center of Laboratory
Services" SNCO State Service for Food Safety at Ministry of Agriculture of RA

REFERENCE LABORATORY FOR ESPECIALLY DANGEROUS PATHOGENS

Reference Laboratory for Especially Dangerous Pathogens, which is the only one in the Republic of Armenia, realizes laboratory tests according to the following structural directions:

  1. Anatomic Pathology Department

Receiving all kinds of samples brought to laboratory, postmortem, examination, preliminary diagnosis and sampling of animals (domestic or free-surviving mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fishes, mollusks, crustaceans, snails, insects and other vertebrates and invertebrates), primary treatment, preparation for all samples and further sending to appropriate departments for definitive diagnosis. Diagnosis by histological methods.

  1. Infectious and Invasive Diseases Department

Diagnosis of microbiological, viral, invasive diseases (also specially dangerous, zoonotic diseases)  of animals (domestic or free-surviving mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fishes, mollusks, crustaceans, snails, insects and other vertebrates and invertebrates), preparation of cell cultures.

  1. Immunology Department

Diagnosis of diseases of animals (domestic or free-surviving mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, fishes, mollusks, crustaceans, snails, insects and other vertebrates and invertebrates) through immunological and molecular (PCR) investigations, checking  of post vaccination control.

All the tests are carried out according to the methods confirmed by Word Organization for Animal Health (OIE).

The facilities, logistics and equipment of the laboratory have been innovated by The Special Pathogens Reference Laboratory, founded in 2016. This center has been built during 2014-2016 years with the support of Defense Threat Reduction Agency of the Department of Defense of the USA. The laboratory is the only reference center in the field of veterinary in our republic.

The laboratory is built, furnished and equipped according to all international requirements.

There are all necessary infrastructures and auxiliary departments, which give opportunity to realize uninterrupted and safe (from the viewpoint of biosafety and biosecurity) activities of laboratory. The Special Pathogens Reference Laboratory is equipped by all necessary novel devices, diagnostic substances and kits for precise and safe ((from the viewpoint of biosafety and biosecurity) activities.

The training of staff is a permanent process in the laboratory. Our specialists participate in many international and local trainings and scientific meetings. Through the membership to international recognized scientific centers our laboratory also participates in interlaboratory comparison tests (PTs).

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