The National Veterinary Institute, SVA, is a Swedish national
authority that strives for good animal and human health, a good
environment and sustainable food production.
Good animal health
promotes public health
We are being exposed to increasing demands that livestock
production is done under ethically acceptable conditions and that
foodstuffs are produced from healthy animals free from contagious
agents, growth hormones, pharmaceutical residues and other alien
The most important role of the National Veterinary Institute, SVA,
is to align the activities towards contagious and other serious
infectious diseases of animals that imply a threat to supplies of
animal foodstuffs, that lead to losses for the production of
animals, that concern pets, or involve diseases that can be
transferred to humans, i.e., zoonoses.
Diagnostic capacity for the most feared contagious animal diseases
is available at SVA. At present about 25 control programmes are
being conducted in cooperation with animal owner organisations and
the relevant authorities.
Increased resistance to antibiotics is one of the major threats to
public health in the future. Antibiotic-resistant bacteria and
resistance genes can spread between animals and humans via, e.g.,
foods, feed, water and manure. At SVA we are conducting research
into this complex, and are monitoring the resistance situation.
Protection against infection in the biocycle is also a sector
increasing in importance.
Research and Development is of the utmost importance for solving the
tasks facing the SVA in both long-term and short-term perspectives.
Interaction between routine diagnostics and research makes it
possible to develop new products and technologies for diagnosing
contagious diseases in animals. An example of product development at
SVA is the field of animals, where results are obtained immediately
SVA also carries the overall responsibility for the availability of
veterinary vaccines in Sweden. As far as possible, we keep a
complete assortment in stock.