Project Manager: Dr Ben Mans
The Project’s main objectives are to maintain, improve and provide reliable, accurate, cost-effective and timeous diagnostic services in veterinary parasitology. These diagnostic capabilities are of the utmost importance to the livestock and wildlife industries. Accurate diagnoses are required by government and the private sector to control economically important controlled and notifiable disease outbreaks in production animals and at the livestock wildlife interface, e.g. Corridor disease.
molecular diagnostic services for:
This laboratory achieved
SANAS 17025 Accreditation status in October 2010 and continued Quality Control is a prerequisite for maintaining this status. The Accredited scope includes
PVVD Technical competencies
Strategically, the project in future will endeavour to move away from the more conventional tests performed (IFAT specifically) towards molecular, state of the art diagnostics.
Currently, the PVVD Programme imports commercial ELISA kits for the routine diagnosis of
Babesia bigemina, B bovis, Theileria equi, Babesia caballi. These kits are expensive and can be assembled locally. The PVVD Programme is involved in the development and improvement of these tools
Specific genomic applications include:
Diagnostics and services related to endoparasites include:
A list of the diagnostic services provided by PVVD can be downloaded
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