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Our mission is to give research-based advisory and knowledge support to Norwegian Authorities in addition to support innovation and development of sustainable bioeconomic production. 

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How many CWD-infected animals are out there?


The discovery of Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in Norway in 2016 has led to extensive measures and testing of deer in Norway, and from 2018 also within the EU. But how many deer needs to be tested before we can be almost certain that a population is not infected by CWD?

Infectious respiratory virus (PRCV) in pigs from Rogaland County


The Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) has detected specific antibodies against porcine respiratory coronavirus (PRCV) among five pig herds in Rogaland, in southwestern Norway. Infection is suspected in other herds. This is the first time PRCV antibodies have been demonstrated in Norway.

Rabies detected in a Svalbard reindeer


The Norwegian Veterinary Institute has detected rabies in a Svalbard reindeer (Rangifer tarandus platyrhynchus) found close to Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard.

New mobile technology can detect crayfish plague directly in the field


Rapid testing with new mobile PCR technology allows the detection of crayfish plague directly in the field. A comparison of methods shows that results obtained in the field match laboratory tests. The new field tools provide analytical results within 60 minutes.

China: the new land of “scientific” opportunities?


From the16th to the 20th April 2018, Norway's Science and Higher Education Minister Iselin Nybø led probably the largest ever official Norwegian delegation to China, with a focus on Science and Education. More than 200 researchers, rectors of Norwegian universities and Institute directors participated in this five-day tour to Beijing and Shanghai. The Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) was part of this visit, and before summarizing the visit, it is perhaps important to quickly recapitulate…. Why China? Why now?

International reference laboratory for Chronic Wasting Disease


The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has designated the Norwegian Veterinary Institute as the third reference laboratory for Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in the world, and the first one in Europe. Senior researcher Sylvie Benestad has been designated as the expert, responsible for the new reference laboratory. OIE has previously appointed laboratories in Canada and South Korea.

Milestone reached in CWD management in Norway


Recently, the Norwegian Veterinary Institute (NVI) detected Chronic wasting disease (CWD) in one of the last remaining reindeer in the area of Nordfjella, Zone 1. This was the 18th case of CWD in wild reindeer in Norway, and might also be the last now that nearly all wild reindeer (Rangifer tarandus) in this region have been culled.

CWD in Finland is different from the Nordfjella CWD type


The Finnish Food Safety Authority (Evira) has detected Chronic Wasting Disease (CWD) in a 15-year-old moose in Kuhmo in eastern Finland, near the Russian border. This is the first detection of CWD in Finland and the first case within the EU. Further analysis made by the EU Reference Laboratory, APHA, suggest that the case is different from the infectious CWD type that is prevalent in North America.

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