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 Trade, Industry and Fisheries 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.
A new disease is described in freshwater rainbow trout in Norway. A new virus is detected in diseased fish, but not yet confirmed as the causal agent of the disease.
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.
The book “Fish vaccination” published by Wiley Blackwell has recently been placed on the market. The 30 chapters have been written by leading scientists in the field. Roar Gudding and Atle Lillehaug from the Norwegian Veterinary Institute and Øystein Evensen from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences are editors and chapter authors.