The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is a national biomedical research institute in the fields of animal health, fish health and food safety, whose primary function is supply of independent research based advisory support to the governing authorities.
Preparedness, diagnostics, surveillance and monitoring, reference- and scientific advisory functions, and risk assessment are the most important areas of operation. The Norwegian Veterinary Institute has its central laboratory in Oslo, with regional laboratories located in the cities of Sandnes, Bergen, Trondheim, Harstad and Tromsø.
The Norwegian Veterinary Institute is a governmental agency, funded by the Ministry of Agriculture and Food, Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal Affairs and the Norwegian Research Council. The Ministry of Agriculture and Food owns properties and buildings from which the Norwegian Veterinary Institute operates, while the Norwegian Veterinary Institute has responsibility for maintenance. The buildings are in good condition and the laboratories modern.
The institute’s products and services are research results and reports, analyses and diagnostics, scientific evaluations and advices within the main fields of operation.
The Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) received in late August 2013 material from the first case of diseased rainbow trout from a hatchery showing unfamiliar signs of disease. Samples from the second case were received in October and a third case was detected at the beginning of November 2013. Samples from what until now seems to be the most recent hatchery affected by this disease were received in January 2014. Fish affected by this disease were sized from 30 – 100 g. Mortalities have, according to information submitted been moderate in exception from one of the affected farms where the mortality has been rather high in some of the units.
In January 14-17 in Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment „BIOR” together with bilateral cooperation partners Daugavpils University and Norwegian Veterinary Institute were implemented a project No.PV2013/011 „Organization od visit to promote collaboration Norwegian partners for project preparation within thematic area of health – prevalence of zoonozes, risk for human health and prevention”.
FunTox is the name of a new scientific platform at the Norwegian Veterinary Institute. The platform is part of the Institute’s long-term commitment to excel within appointed areas, including moulds in a «One Health» perspective.