"The Institute for Animal
Health (IAH) is the largest research institute in the United Kingdom dedicated to
the health of farm animals. It has three sites the Compton Laboratory, the Pirbright
Laboratory and the Neuropathogenesis Unit, Edinburgh. It is administered from Compton.
Details of the Institute's organisation will be found elsewhere.
The mission of the Institute is:
to understand the processes of infectious diseases and from that knowledge improve the
efficiency and sustainability of livestock farming, enhance animal welfare, safeguard the
supply and safety of food and protect the environment.
The research programme is funded by the Office of Science and Technology (through the
Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council and the Medical Research Council),
the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, the Department of Health and various
international agencies and industry.
The IAH has the facilities and staff to carry out contract research on behalf of
The Institute provides, on behalf of the Office International des Epizooties, the Food
and Agriculture Organisation and the European Union, reference laboratories for the
emergency diagnosis of a range of major economic diseases. A vaccine bank for
Foot-and-Mouth Disease is maintained on behalf of an international consortium.
Several staff are recognised as experts by the OIE.
The IAH has ongoing collaborative research projects with many other countries. It also
offers a number of training opportunities during the year, either for veterinary
under-graduates and post-graduates or in the form of courses.
The main publication of the Institute is its Annual Report which is available as hard
copy or in electronic form (Reports and Publications). The hard copy is available
from the Librarian at the Compton Laboratory.
Enquiries, in the first instance, should be addressed to:
Professor C J Bostock