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Diagnostics and surveillance for animal diseases

The institute offers laboratory testing for most of the animal diseases found in Zambia.

The full description of service: The institute uses a number of laboratory techniques in the diagnosis of animal diseases. These include serology, microscopy, culture and molecular techniques among others. The diseases diagnosed include diseases of national economic importance such as Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), Contagious Bovine Pleural Pneumonia (CBPP), African Swine fever (ASF), Rabies, Anthrax, etc. Others are management diseases that include East Coast fever (ECF), Brucellosis, Tuberculosis, Heartwater, Babesiosis, etc. In addition, CVRI is involved in the surveillance of emerging and endemic animal diseases such as Peste des Petit Ruminants (PPR), Rift valley fever, Avian influenza, Salmonellosis, African swine fever, Brucellosis and Tuberculosis. Furthermore, the institute has continued to screen animals that are meant for movement from one area to another to determine their disease status in order to prevent the spread of diseases.

Category: Veterinary services

User of service: Members of the public

Animal Vaccine production


Description of service: The institute produces animal vaccines in order to contribute to the attainment of sustainable livestock production and disease control.

Full description of service: The institute is involved in development and production of animal vaccines. Currently the vaccines being produced include Newcastle Disease Vaccine (I-2 vaccine) for village chickens, Black quarter (BQ) vaccine for cattle, Haemorrhagic Septicaemia (HS) vaccine for cattle, Anthrax vaccine for cattle, Rabies vaccine for dogs and cats, East Coast fever (ECF) stabilates for cattle. In addition, the institute produces Soya Inoculum (a bio-fertiliser) used in Soya bean production.

Category: Veterinary services

User of service: Members of the public


Food safety and toxicological examinations and monitoring

Description of service: The institute is involved in food safety monitoring regarding foods of animal origin. This is done to ensure safety of foodstuffs consumed.

Full description of service: The institute undertakes monitoring for veterinary drug residues and other residues like heavy metals in animals and animal products (milk, meat) in order to ensure safety of the products. The monitoring involves meat processing plants and abattoirs. The other monitoring programmes involve inspection of hatcheries to screen for salmonellosis, E. Coli and other bacteria of public health importance. Thereafter certification is done for compliance. The institute is also involved in certification of dairy animals involved in the production of milk by screening them for Tuberculosis and Brucellosis.

The institute is actively involved in performing dip wash or acaricide analysis and checking for various toxins.

Category: Veterinary services

User of service: Members of the public and meat & milk processing plants.

Animal health research

Description of service: The institute is involved in applied research for animal diseases affecting animals in the country.

A full description of service: Applied research in animal diseases is carried out in order to understand how the disease occurs and what organisms are involved in the transmission of the disease. The risk factors involved in the transmission are also studied so as to help with the control of the disease.

Category: Veterinary services

User of service: Department of Veterinary Services, universities, research institutions and members of the public

Laboratory training

Description of service: The institute offers practical laboratory training to students studying biological sciences.

Full description of service: The institute hosts students from various universities and colleges in the country who wish to undertake laboratory practicals. Students learn modern laboratory techniques to help them work in the various fields involving laboratory work.

Category: Veterinary services

User of service: Students, universities, colleges, members of the public



It is an identification mark of the animal provided for under the Animal Identification Act No 28 of the Laws of Zambia.

A brand mark is a mark of ownership, and every legitimate brand is recorded by the state or Country, thus preventing duplication within a given territory.