Information for official veterinarians and practising veterinarians

Animal disease control and monitoring

Information regarding animal disease control and monitoring can be found on the Austrian Federal Ministry of Health and Women’s Affairs website.

Information on sending in samples and on the National Reference Laboratory and reference activities regarding the various epizootic and animal diseases can be accessed on the AGES website. The following links should help you in your search:

The Animal Health Division and its various institutes are available to answer your queries at any time.

Univ. Prof. Dr. Friedrich Schmoll - Head of the Animal Health Division
Tel: +43 50 555-38200, Mobile: +43 664 9670940
Institute for Veterinary Disease Control Mödling - Contact details and opening times

Dr. Michael Dünser
Tel: +43 50 555-45200, Mobile: +43 664 8398178
Institute for Veterinary Disease Control Linz - Contact details and opening times

Dr. Karl Schöpf
Tel: +43 50 555-71300, Mobile: +43 664 8398043
Institute for Veterinary Disease Control Innsbruck - Contact details and opening times

Dr. Heimo Laßnig
Tel: +43 50 555-62100, Mobile: +43 664 88607589
Department for Veterinary Microbiology / Institute for Medical Microbiology and Hygiene Graz - Contact details and opening times

Helpful links

BMG - The Austrian Federal Ministry of Health: Animal Disease Control and Monitoring (German language only)

Current contingency plans for veterinary authorities - Communication Platform - Consumer Health (German only) Kommunikationsplattform VerbraucherInnengesundheit ( - Log-in is required here.

Here you will be able to find additional detailed information on the following topics:

  • Animal disease control and monitoring programmes
  • List of animal diseases that Austria has been declared “officially free from”
  • “Additional guarantees” under special pre-conditions as part of EU internal trade in animal livestock
  • Animal Disease Simulation Exercises (Picorna)
  • Veterinary Information System (VIS)

The tests and examinations are conducted in the AGES veterinary laboratories provided no other details exist in the Material and Organ List.

Samples of suspect materials and samples for exclusion testing are to be sent directly to the AGES veterinary testing bodies listed in the above following notification by phone (also see National Reference Laboratories - NRLs). Should you have queries relating to biological safety please contact Bio Risk and the relevant contact persons!

Samples for resistancy monitoring are to be sent in directly to the Veterinary Microbiology Department in Graz - Abteilung Veterinärmikrobiologie - details at beginning of text section.

Details regarding the sending of samples can be found in the section Forms and sending samples.

Information concerning disease pathogens can be found in the Topics section.

More detailed information regarding the condition of samples and how to send them can be found here: Material and Organ List - VIS (Veterinary Information System).