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Organisation Reference Institute for Animal Health (Pirbright and Compton)
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Notes The following information is quoted directly, unabridged, from the "Introduction to the Institute" section of the Website:

"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 industrial clients.

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

Dates Referenced April 2001
Contact Details Institute for Animal Health
Berkshire RG20 7NN

Tel: +44 (0)1635-578411
Fax: +44 (0)1635-577237

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W29.Apl01.sib1 Foot and Mouth Disease Home Page http://www.iah.bbsrc.ac.uk/virus/ Picornaviridae/Aphthovirus/fmd.htm

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