Contact person:

 Dr Susan Chircop
Head of National Veterinary Laboratory
 Telephone
+ 356 22925389
 Email
 
 Ms Audrey Pullicino
Technical Manager
 Telephone
+ 356 22925394
 Email
audrey.pullicino@gov.mt

Introduction

 

The The National Veterinary Laboratory works to safeguard animal health and contribute to public health in the Maltese Islands by providing laboratory support to various units within the Veterinary Regulation Directorate. The National Veterinary Laboratory plays an important role in the control of food safety at farm level of food of animal origin.​

Among the roles that the National Veterinary Laboratory fulfils there are the following.

  • Animal Disease Surveillance such as Enzootic Bovine Leucosis, Classical Swine Fever, Foot and Mouth, Avian Influenza and Bluetongue
  • Food Health Surveillance such as Trichinella and Transmissible Spongiform Encephalopathy.
  • Zoonotic Disease Surveillance such as Brucella and Salmonella
  • Veterinary Drug Residue Surveillance such as Antimicrobials, growth promoters and contaminants in foods of animal origin.

The National Veterinary Laboratory also fulfils the role of National Reference Laboratory, in several areas of the European Veterinary aquies. 

The staff at the National Veterinary Laboratory keeps abreast with current issues by attending training in various European National and Community Reference laboratories and with other agencies such as the International Atomic Energy Agency.

To maintain the required standards in analytical procedures the National Veterinary Laboratory participates in Proficiency Tests organised by Community Reference Laboratories in several work areas.

In 2015 the National Veterinary Achieved accreditation according ISO 17025: four tests were accredited namely

Screening for Antibiotics by the 6 Plate test in meat and eggs

Trichinella in porcine and equine muscle

Salmonella in poultry

Screening by TLC Sulphanomides in muscle, milk and eggs