The services of the Institute of Virology and Immunology (IVI) at the facilities in Bern include the diagnostics of viral diseases of cattle, horses and small ruminants with focuses on bovine viral diarrhea virus (BVDV) and lentivirus infections, as well as equine viral diseases. The Swiss reference center for rabies (Swiss Rabies Center) is in charge of rabies diagnostics and rabies serology both in the veterinary and human sectors.
For the services of our Institute at the location in Mittelhäusern, see Diagnostics Mittelhäusern site
Our Institute plays an important role in the eradication and surveillance of specific animal diseases. We cooperate mainly with veterinarians, cantonal officials and the Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO). The Institute also teaches apprentice laboratory technicians in general virology, serology, immunology and molecular biology.