100 years Mödling

History, Tasks and Services Provided by the Institute for Veterinary Disease Control in the AGES Animal Health Division

  • ca. 90 staff members
  • ca.200,000 samples per year 
  • ca. 350,000 examinations per year
  • over 100 accredited methods 
  • Accredited according to EN ISO/IEC 17025
  • Expert presentations and lectures, as well as knowledge transfer between experts and Clients 
  • Project management for national and international research Projects 
  • National contact of the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) 
  • National contact of the European Centre of Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)
  • National contact of the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA)

National Reference Laboratory for over 30 Infectious Diseases

African horse sickness, African swine fever, Aujeszky disease, Avian influenza, bluetongue disease, bovine tuberculosis, bovine viral diarrhoea, brucellosis, covering sickness (dourine), enzootic bovine leukosis, equine infectious anaemia, European swine fever, foot-and-mouth disease, glanders, infectious bovine rhinotracheitis/infectious pustular vulvovaginitis, lumpy skin disease, lung plague, Newcastle disease, peste de petits ruminants, porcine enteroviral encephalomyelitis, psittacosis, rabies, Rinderpest (cattle plague), Rift Valley fever, sheeppox and goatpox, swine vesicular disease, TSE, vesicular stomatitis.

A large number of animal diseases that had to be combated at the time of the institute’s foundation in 1910 – such as swine fever or foot-and-mouth disease – are still of relevance today. Our present animal health system that is organised on both European and global levels helps combat potential outbreaks much more effectively and rapidly, reducing any adverse affects on the economy.

Whether the BSE crisis in 2001, bird flu from 2006 to 2014, bluetongue disease in 2008 or the Schmallenberg virus infections in 2013 – technological and staff-related updates at the Department of Molecular Biology in Mödling enabled the development of methods and conducting of intensive tests to prevent these diseases spreading to Austria. Newly developed diagnostic methods help identify new animal diseases -- such as the Schmallenberg virus -- quickly and combat them effectively. New research findings, technological progress and our specialisation in diagnostic method advances are developed further at the IVET Mödling on a continuous basis.

Here at AGES, we regard humans and animals as part of a holistic health system, in which animal health, public health and a healthy environment become ONE HEALTH. Veterinary experts can make important contributions in fields where expertise in epidemiological issues merge with services from the agricultural, human medicine and food production sectors. The AGES overview on the life and food cycles also makes a vital contribution here. Animal diseases do not stop at political borders, but they have a massive, negative impact on animal health and, subsequently, on the productivity of the livestock farms affected.

Compared to their effect in the Animal Health Division, the staff members in Mödling are a small, but very effective team of experts, whose efforts to prevent diseases are a major contribution macro-economically. Their success results from their close links to science and the in-house development of diagnostic methods to provide politicians and health authorities with the knowledge needed to make decisions.