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Virology

The primary role of the Virology Division is to service National and EU legislation regarding exotic and endemic veterinary viral diseases.

This includes acting as a National reference laboratory, providing laboratory support for disease control and eradication programmes, and performing tests for statutory and import / export purposes.

In addition, it provides a virology diagnostic service for farm animal species including poultry through the Regional Veterinary Laboratories and private veterinary practitioners.

A photo of the Virology Division building at the Backweston Campus.

Photo: Virology Division, DAFM Labs, Backweston 

Virology Division, DAFM labs, acts as the national reference laboratory for a wide range of notifiable infectious diseases in farm animal species including: avian influenza, Newcastle disease, classical swine fever, African swine fever, bluetongue, African horse sickness, enzootic bovine leucosis and Aujeszky's Disease.

The Virology Division is accredited for a range of tests to ISO17025:2005. Further details of the current scope of accreditation can be found here

Virology Division,
Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine Laboratories,
Backweston,
Celbridge,
Co. Kildare.
Ireland.

Tel:     +353 (0) 1 6157338
Fax:    +353 (0) 1 6157253
Email: virology@agriculture.gov.ie