We aim at an optimal support of the Dutch government and business life by performing diagnostic tests and scientific research and by giving policy recommendations for prevention and control of a large number of (notifiable) infectious animal bacterial diseases and transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE). Many of these diseases are transmissible to humans (zoonoses).
Our institute functions as a renowned national reference institute for
- Mycobacterial infections (tuberculosis)
- TSE (BSE and scrapie)
- American foulbrood
- Fish and shellfish diseases
- Antibiotic resistance
We perform diagnostics for many diseases, like leptospirosis, Q fever, psittacosis, tularaemias and some protozoal and parasital disorders.
The institute functions as international OIE reference laboratory for Campylobacter (together with Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Utrecht).