Division of Animal Health

The business segment Animal Health provides scientific findings for the authority responsible (Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs) for veterinary issues in Austria to serve as a basis for health-related, political decisions, as well as assisting with the implementation of monitoring programmes for livestock. The Division’s key activities comprise the detection, prevention and control of economically significant animal diseases and the investigation of outbreaks of enzootic diseases. The veterinary institutes in Mödling, Linz and Innsbruck, as well as the Department for Veterinary Examinations at the Institute of Medical Microbiology in Graz, provide protection against zoonoses and infectious animal diseases in livestock in their role as “animal disease detectives”.

Maintaining and improving the status of animal health in Austria ensures the provision of primary animal products of the highest possible quality to maintain and improve the competitiveness of Austrian primary-good production and all related businesses.

The laboratories meet all standards required by the EU for national reference laboratories and work according to quality-assured criteria (accreditation according to EN ISO/IEC 17025, Quality Management in the Business Segment Animal Health).

Activities & Head

Portrait of Univ.Prof. Dr.Friedrich Schmoll

Head of Division

Univ.Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmoll
Phone: +43 50 555-38200
Robert Koch Gasse 17
2340 Mödling
Portrait of Univ.Prof. Dr.Friedrich Schmoll

Head of Division

Univ.Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmoll
Phone: +43 50 555-38200
Robert Koch Gasse 17
2340 Mödling

Activities

  • The operation of the national reference laboratories of the Division for Animal Health
  • The examination of animal carcasses and samples from animals for animal epidemics and zoonoses
  • Acting as an information and service institution for questions related to veterinary diagnostics and epidemiology
  • The support of the competent ministry and the related international organisations (OIE, EFSA, ...)
  • The provision of laboratory capacities in case of a crisis in relation to animal epidemics and zoonotic animal diseases
  • The maintenance of accreditation for the Division Animal Health
  • Method development, optimisation and establishment
  • Professional collaboration with national and international organisations and universities
  • The scientific processing of samples and results, research coordination

Institutes

Institute for Veterinary Disease Control, Mödling
Institute for Veterinary Disease Control, Linz
Institute for Veterinary Disease Control, Innsbruck

See also: Department for Veterinary Microbiology of the Institute for Medical Microbiology & Hygiene, Graz

Institute for Veterinary Disease Control Mödling

Head of Institute

Univ.Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmoll
Phone: +43 50 555-38200
Robert Koch Gasse 17
2340 Mödling

General Contact

Phone: +43 50 555-38112
Fax: +43(0)5 0555 38108
Robert Koch-Gasse 17
2340 Mödling

Head of Institute

Univ.Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmoll
Phone: +43 50 555-38200
Robert Koch Gasse 17
2340 Mödling

General Contact

Phone: +43 50 555-38112
Fax: +43(0)5 0555 38108
Robert Koch-Gasse 17
2340 Mödling
DAS Institut für veterinärmedizinische Untersuchungen Mödling

Opening hours and sample drop-off
Mon - Fri: 7.00 - 15.00

Outside of normal office hours urgent samples may be left with the porter along with details of the ordering customer and the requisite valid form.

Test result service - e-mail: servicezentrale.moedling@ages.at

For cases of suspected epidemics outside of normal opening hours only by telephone arrangement by calling +43 (0)664 9670940 or +43 (0)664 8398216).

The institute’s remit includes the diagnosis of infections within the framework of epizootic disease and zoonosis control as well as veterinary medical examinations of sample material of animal origin. The institute has the most modern laboratory facilities at its disposal for investigating exotic animal diseases, highly contagious epizootic diseases and zoonosis pathogens.
 
Main foci

  • Diagnosis of epizootic diseases for the purpose of fulfilling official, ministerial and sovereign functions in accordance with national and European legislation

  • General diagnostics for the purpose of maintaining and preserving the health status of livestock

  • Monitoring and surveillance

  • Pathology Centre East

  • Centre for biological safety (BSL 3+)

  • Development and establishment of new methods for the detection of epizootic diseases and animal diseases

  • Consulting and expert functions

  • Application oriented research

National Reference Laboratory, National Reference Activities
Travel instructions

Miscellaneous

 

 

AGES Institute for Veterinary Disease Control Linz

Head of Institute

Dr. Michael Duenser
Phone: +43 50 555-45200
Wieningerstraße 8
4020 Linz

Ceneral Contact

Phone: +43 50 555-45111
Fax: + 43 50 555-45109
Wieningerstraße 8
4020 Linz

Head of Institute

Dr. Michael Duenser
Phone: +43 50 555-45200
Wieningerstraße 8
4020 Linz

Ceneral Contact

Phone: +43 50 555-45111
Fax: + 43 50 555-45109
Wieningerstraße 8
4020 Linz
Das Institut für veterinärmedizinische Untersuchungen Linz in der Wieningerstraße.

Opening hours and sample drop-off
Mon - Thu: 7.30 - 15.30
Friday: 07.30 -15.00

In urgent cases (suspected epidemic) also available outside of normal opening hours upon arrangement by calling +43 (0) 664 8398178 any time 24/7.

 

 

The remit includes the diagnosis of infections within the framework of the control of epizootic diseases and zoonoses control as well as veterinary medical examinations of sample material of animal origin in the region of Austria with the highest density of working animals.    

Main foci

  • Serological monitoring of the cattle population across the whole of Austria
  • Serological pregnancy testing of cattle and goats
  • Guaranteeing mass screening for Austrian cattle exports
  • Testing within the framework of the nationwide Austria Para-Tuberculosis control programme
  • • Reference laboratory for the Upper Austrian Animal Health Service as well as for the Upper Austrian State Veterinary Service
  • Assumes technical direction of the Swine Fever Task Force (European and African Swine Fever)
  • Consulting and expert functions
  • Application oriented research

National Reference Laboratory, National Reference Activities

Travel Instructions

AGES Institute for Veterinary Disease Control Innsbruck

Head of Institute

Dr. Karl Schöpf
Phone: +43 50 555-71300
Technikerstraße 70
6020 Innsbruck

General Contact

Phone: +43 50 555-71111
Fax: +43 50 555-71333
Technikerstraße 70
6020 Innsbruck

Head of Institute

Dr. Karl Schöpf
Phone: +43 50 555-71300
Technikerstraße 70
6020 Innsbruck

General Contact

Phone: +43 50 555-71111
Fax: +43 50 555-71333
Technikerstraße 70
6020 Innsbruck
Das Bild zeigt das Institut für veterinärmedizinische Untersuchungen Innsbruck in der Technikerstraße.

Opening hours and sample drop-off
Monday - Friday: 08.00 - 16.00

In urgent cases (suspected epidemic) also available outside of normal opening hours upon arrangement by calling +43 664 8399043 any time 24/7.

The remit includes the diagnosis of infections within the framework of the control of epizootic diseases and zoonoses, as well as veterinary medical examinations of sample material of animal origin in western Austria.

Main foci

  • Pathology Centre - West
  • Centre of competence for alpine wild animal diseases
  • Monitoring of cattle stock in the Tyrol and Vorarlberg for Bovine Viral Diarrhoea (BVD)
  • Examinations within the scope of the nationwide Austrian animal health monitoring programme for small ruminants
  • Application oriented research

National Reference Laboratories

Travel instructions

National Reference Laboratory, National Reference Activities

National Reference Laboratory, National Reference Activities

Amongst the main tasks of the Animal Health Division is the performance of its function as national reference laboratory for a whole range of zoonoses and epizootic diseases. Appointments as National Reference Laboratories (Animal Health) or National Reference Centres (Public Health) are through the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs on the basis of European Union and national legislation. Reference functions are important activities in the field of animal health and the diagnosis of zoonotic pathogens and because they are in the national interest, they are treated in a similar fashion to National Reference Laboratory responsibilities.

In our capacity as National Reference Laboratory and Reference Centre (Brucellosis) we are constantly striving to fulfil our statutory duties. The AGES veterinary laboratories stand out because of high standards in the field of laboratory diagnostics. They are accredited in accordance with EN ISO 17025 and in their area of expertise constantly analyse samples, participate in national and international research projects and in conjunction with the EU Reference Laboratories are involved in developing standardised test methods.

A high degree of independence - along with this expertise - provide a guarantee for food safety, animal and human health. As epidemiologically based National Reference Laboratories we are linked into an international network of reference laboratories which in cooperation with the World Organisation for Animal Health - OIE is supporting the efforts to combat epizootic diseases worldwide. In this connection, commissioned by the Austrian Federal Government, and in conjunction with the AGES department for “Data, Statistics and Risk Assessment” we are developing contingency plans, monitoring programmes, monitoring studies, risk analyses and early warning systems.

More detailed information about the requirements with regard to sample material (material and organ requirements) for VIS-relevant diseases can be found under Service Animal Health, Information for the Official Veterinarian. 

Head of National Reference Laboratories and Reference Activities

AO Univ. Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmoll
Telephone: +43(0)5 0555 38200, friedrich.schmoll@ages.at

List of National Reference Laboratories and Centres in the Animal Health Division at AGES, Contact addresses

Institute for Veterinary Disease Control Mödling

Contact: AO Univ. Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmoll
Robert Kochgasse 17
2340 Mödling
Telephone: +43(0)5 0555 38200, friedrich.schmoll@ages.at

  • National Reference Laboratory for BSE/TSE /CWD
  • National Reference Laboratory for Rabies
  • National Reference Laboratory and Centre for Brucellosis
  • National Reference Laboratory for European Swine Fever
  • National Reference Laboratory for African Swine Fever
  • National Reference Laboratory for BVD
  • National Reference Laboratory for Porcine Viral Encephalomyelitis (Teschen Disease)
  • National Reference Laboratory for Aujeszky’s Disease
  • National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza
  • National Reference Laboratory for Newcastle Disease
  • National Reference Laboratory for Psittacosis
  • National Reference Laboratory for Enzootic Bovine Leukosis
  • National Reference Laboratory for Equine Infectious Anaemia
  • National Reference Laboratory for Glanders
  • National Reference Laboratory for Dourine
  • National Reference Laboratory for IBR/IPV
  • National Reference Laboratory for Foot and Mouth Disease
  • National Reference Laboratory for Swine Vesicular Disease
  • National Reference Laboratory for Vesicular Stomatitis
  • National Reference Laboratory for Bluetongue Disease  
  • National Reference Laboratory for African Horse Sickness
  • National Reference Laboratory for Cattle Plague
  • National Reference Laboratory for Bovine Tuberculosis
  • National Reference Laboratory for Pestes des Petits Ruminants
  • National Reference Laboratory for Lumpy Skin Disease
  • National Reference Laboratory for Sheep and Goat Pox
  • National Reference Laboratory for Rift Valley Fever
  • National Reference Laboratory for Pleuropneumonia
  • National Reference Laboratory for Equine Encephalomyelitis
  • Reference Activity - West Nile Fever
  • Reference Activity - Schmallenberg Virus
  • Reference Activity - Venereal Disease Pathogens (campylobacter fetus venerealis, tritrichomonas foetus)
  • Reference Activity - Poxviridae (Molluscipox, Orthopox, Parapox, Avipox, Leporipox, Suipox)
  • Reference Activity - Tularemia
  • Reference Activity - Leptospira
  • Reference Activity - Anthrax
  • Reference Activity - Contagious Equine Metritis
  • Reference Activity - Q Fever
  • Reference Activity - Maedi-Visna Virus
  • Reference Activity - Hepatitis E
  • Reference Activity - PRRSV

AGES, Institute for Veterinary Disease Control Linz

Contact: Dr. Michael Dünser
Wieningerstrasse 27
4021 Linz
Telephone: +43(0)5 0555 45200, michael.duenser@ages.at

  • National Reference Laboratory for Paratuberculosis
  • Reference Activity - Pseudotuberculosis in Small Ruminants (Pathogen: Corynebacterium Pseudotuberculosis)

AGES, Institute for Veterinary Disease Control Innsbruck

Contact: Dr. Karl Schöpf
Technikerstrasse 70
6020 Innsbruck
Telefon: +43(0)5 0555 71300, karl.schoepf@ages.at

  • National Reference Laboratory for Parasites (Trichinae)

Quality Management Animal Health

Contact

Dr. Gudrun Lapan
Phone: +43 50 555-38212
Robert Koch Gasse 17
2340 Mödling
Barbara Eichinger
Phone: +43 50 555-45275
Wieningerstraße 8
4020 Linz

Contact

Dr. Gudrun Lapan
Phone: +43 50 555-38212
Robert Koch Gasse 17
2340 Mödling
Barbara Eichinger
Phone: +43 50 555-45275
Wieningerstraße 8
4020 Linz

The three institutes that make up the Animal Health Division in Mödling, Linz and Innsbruck (PSID No. 377) as well as the Veterinary Microbiology Department at the Centre for Food-Related Infectious Diseases in Graz at the Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene, Graz (PSID No.179) have been accredited in line with EN ISO/IEC 17025 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories” by the Austrian national accreditation body “Akkreditierung Austria” at the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy - BMWFW .
The accreditation is formal recognition by the accreditation body of the fact that the Animal Health Division as testing body meets the respective applicable requirements with regard to qualification and equipment and is therefore deemed to be competent in performing the activities or functions as stated in the certificate of accreditation. The requirements are stipulated in the standard EN ISO/IEC 17025 “General requirements for the competence of testing and calibration laboratories”, in the Austrian Accreditation Act (AkkG) and in adopted regulations.
Requirements of standard EN ISO/IEC 17025:
The extensive requirements made of the quality management system and the technical expertise of institutes in standard EN ISO/IEC 17025 (i.e. to provide proof of professionally substantiated results) have been implemented in the Animal Health Division. Consequently, within the scope of accreditation in line with EN ISO/IEC 17025 internationally standardised requirements have been placed on the Animal Health Division, both with regard to its quality management system and to its technical expertise as a unit made up of staff, methodology and equipment, all of which are subject to regular checks.

Furthermore the quality management within the Animal Health Division provides a basis for transparency, traceability and trust for the functions it performs.
Accreditation also means that Austrian test reports are treated equally to those from other countries within the EU.

Continual improvement and optimisation of test activities is guaranteed by means of regular feedback contact with customers, annual internal and external audits, annual QMS evaluations and via standardised mechanisms to trouble-shoot errors.

In addition to accredited services, the various locations also perform non-accredited tasks.

    Relevant legal regulations

    Accreditation Act
    OENORM EN ISO/IEC 17025

    Bio Risk

    Dr. Angelika Loitsch MSc
    Phone: +43 50 555-38420
    Robert Koch Gasse 17
    2340 Mödling
    Dr. Maria Fink
    Phone: +43 50 555-38306
    Robert Koch Gasse 17
    2340 Mödling
    Dr. Angelika Loitsch MSc
    Phone: +43 50 555-38420
    Robert Koch Gasse 17
    2340 Mödling
    Dr. Maria Fink
    Phone: +43 50 555-38306
    Robert Koch Gasse 17
    2340 Mödling

    Biosafety is more than just a buzzword. The decisive criterion for this should always be the actual or real risk - and to be able to assess this appropriate bioscientific expertise is required.

    Bio Risk Officer

    It is the remit of the Bio Risk Officer (BRO) to protect the Austrian population, Austrian livestock and the environment from contagious and highly contagious pathogens by using his special expertise in an advisory capacity . The BRO acting in the business segment Animal Health is responsible for all matters of biosafety and is supported by the Bio Risk Office and Bio Risk Team. The BRO is fully informed concerning the occurrence, possible spread and decontamination methods with regard to contagious and highly contagious pathogens and makes decisions and takes measures in the interest of maintaining biosafety. Their expertise is at the disposal of the business sector, the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and to third parties.

    Information on sending samples

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