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Laboratory Services

The Laboratory Services of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) is an essential component of the role of DAFM in leading the sustainable development of a competitive farming and consumer focused agri-food business, which contributes to a vibrant rural economy and society. The Backweston Laboratory Complex has been developed to provide a laboratory infrastructure to support the diagnostic, regulatory and research and development functions necessary.

About Laboratory Services

The laboratory service consists of a central laboratory complex at Backweston, Celbridge, Co Kildare (which was opened in April 2007) together with a number of regional laboratories located throughout the country. The Backweston complex has brought together a number of different laboratories having a variety of functions into the one building. The construction of the new laboratories allows for future developments that are likely to be required to meet needs associated with client requirements and technological developments The laboratories involved are the:

  • Central Veterinary Research laboratory (comprising the divisions of Bacteriology, Pathology, and Virology)
  • Veterinary Public Health Regulatory Laboratory (VPHRL)
  • Pesticide Control Service
  • Dairy Science Laboratory
  • Seed Testing and Plant Health Laboratories.

In addition to the Backweston complex, six Regional Veterinary Laboratories, (whose primary work is in disease diagnosis and surveillance) located at Athlone, Cork, Kildare, Kilkenny, Limerick and Sligo, a Brucellosis Laboratory in Cork and two regional Dairy Science laboratories at Limerick and Cork complete the laboratory service.

National Reference Laboratories

  • Animal Proteins
  • Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Campylobacter
  • Chemical Elements in Food of Animal Origin
  • Coagulase Positive Staphylococci
  • DAFM National Reference Laboratories (doc 39Kb) 
  • Escherichia Coli
  • Listeria Monocytogenes
  • Milk and Milk Products
  • Transmissable Spongiform Encephalopathies
  • Zoonoses
  • Viruses (pdf 275Kb)