Animal Health, Veterinary Service and Hygiene
The Laboratory provides access to all its customers to a set of global after-sales support resources in the field of animal health, including medical and hygiene services.
Technical service advice to international customers
Assessment of infection status in farms
Development of vaccination programs for flock Laboratory Diagnostics
Personalized support to access the best vaccination programs
Hygiene monitoring (including bacteriology)
Evaluation of the efficiency of the cleaning and disinfection programs
Provide the most adequate farming and production conditions
The Laboratory provides a full range of laboratory services
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One of the main goals of bacteriological examination is the detection and isolation of bacterial pathogens (e.g. Salmonella or E. coli). Additional procedures can be applied for the typing of isolates and measuring of resistance profiles for a potential antimicrobial treatment. Further molecular biology or serological research enables a detailed description of strains and thus epidemiological conclusions.
Serological examination means the detection of antibodies. Antibodies can be found in an animal after infection or as a result of proper vaccination. Depending on the agent and the question of concern various different serological tests are used. Tests such as the RPA (Rapid Plate Agglutination) and the AGP (Agar-gel Precipitation), allow professionals to detect the antibodies against specific types of pathogens. ELISAs (Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay) are offered commercially from different suppliers and are easy to automate. These tests are suitable especially for serial examinations. To further distinguish antibodies from various serotypes or subtypes of pathogens, such as infectious bronchitis or avian influenza, the laboratory provides tests like the HI (Haemagglutination Inhibition test) and VN (Virus Neutralization Test). Immunofluorescence technique shows a high specificity and is mainly used in research projects.
While molecular techniques like PCR detect nucleic acid fragments one works in the classical culture technique with the livability of the virus. Furthermore you might grow non-target-oriented any virus that is present in the material. Laboratory Diagnostics offer a variety of primary and secondary cell culture systems as well as cultures in embryonated chicken eggs to isolate viruses.
Live virus is essential for the production of autogenous vaccines to prevent clinical signs of infections with e.g. Adenoviruses. In some circumstances it is also necessary to show viral characteristics in tests with live infectious viral material (e.g. pathogenicity tests).
Molecular biology techniques such as the PCR (Polymerase Chain Reaction) are widely used for human and veterinary diagnostics. The Real Time PCR, for instance, allows to certify the presence of Influenza Virus or Sars Cov-2 in within only few hours. In fact, this is nowadays a vital part of disease control. Compared to the detection of antibodies, which could only lead to retrospective information, the PCR provides the most current information on the current health status. Furthermore, PCR techniques and their sequencing processes allow a fast characterization of different bacterial and viral pathogens.