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The Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) is a public-sector institution, under the ownership of the Ministry of Agriculture and Food of the Norwegian Government, but it also carries out tasks for the Ministry of Industry and Fisheries. NVI obtains its basic financial support from the two above-mentioned ministries and the Research Council of Norway. The sources account for around 40 per cent of the Institute’s total revenues, while the remainder coming from research projects and contracts. Total income in 2016 was approx. 371 million NOK.
NVI was established in Oslo in 1891 as a diagnostic laboratory for animal diseases as the first of its kind in Scandinavia. During the 1990s, the Institute expanded to include regional units in Bergen, Harstad, Sandnes, Trondheim and Tromsø. The original principal task of the Veterinary Institute was to combat tuberculosis and brucellosis, and it subsequently expanded to include responsibilities in the prevention of outbreaks of other diseases, as well as the production of sera and vaccines.
NVI focusses on animal health, fish health, food and feed safety, and its primary function is the supply of research-based knowledge to the authorities. NVI has a free and independent position in all scientific questions. The Institute’s vision is focused on being “scientifically ambitious, forward-looking and cooperative, and a national competence hub for One Health”.
As the authorities’ main advisor in topics related to prevention, handling and elimination of zoonosis and serious infectious diseases in fish and land animals, NVI performs an important task to the Norwegian society. NVI also assists in the prevention and management of crises caused by hazardous compounds and contaminants in feed and food, and the Institute provides services and advice to the industry, professionals and pet owners.
The Institute is the National Reference Laboratory for more than 30 infectious agents and carries annually thousands of diagnostic analysis (approx. 222 500 samples in 2016). NVI is also the World Animal Health Organization’s (OIE) International Reference Laboratory for Infectious salmon anaemia virus, Gyrodactylus salaris, Salmonid alphavirus and Chronic Wasting Disease.
NVI is actively engaged in national and international research & innovation projects (with a portfolio of more than 120 project as of 2017), and has published more than 800 articles in international scientific journals in the last 10 years.
The institute’s headquarters are located in Oslo, but NVI is present throughout Norway with five regional laboratories in Sandnes, Bergen, Trondheim, Harstad and Tromsø. NVI has currently about 335 employees. In 2020 NVI’s headquarters will move from downtown Oslo to the campus of Ås, where the most modern veterinary research facilities in Scandinavia are currently being built.
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