Laboratories


Clinical Laboratory at the Clinic for Surgery and Small Animals (KKMŽ)

The diagnostic laboratory at the Clinic for Surgery and Small Animals (KKMZ) was established in 1996. Work began a year later, in 1997. Since then, the number and range of investigations have steadily increased which has required the purchase of newer automated analysers for use in veterinary diagnostics. The clinical laboratory carries out a number of laboratory tests of hematology, clinical biochemistry, urine analysis, coagulation and rapid diagnosis of infectious diseases of dogs and cats.

 

Clinical Laboratory for Hematology and Biochemistry

The KPA clinical laboratory is the only veterinary laboratory in Slovenia that is involved in international quality control. The accuracy of the laboratories’ measurements is disclosed monthly.
Investigations are carried out for all types of domestic, wild, and laboratory animals.

 

Laboratory for Bacteriology and Mycology

 

Laboratory for Diseases of Poultry, Birds and Other Animals

In Slovenia, the rearing of poultry is one of the most important livestock sectors. Knowledge of zoonotic diseases, the pathways of their spread, as well as knowledge of the requirements of farming are the basis for maintaining the health of the animals. The healthcare of poultry is largely based on preventive vaccination and therefore effective vaccination programmes are particularly important. Diagnosis of diseases and the solving of health problems that predominantly occur in industrially farmed poultry and birds, as potential carriers of highly contagious diseases and zoonosis, is the main focus of the laboratory’s professional work.

The methods used in the laboratory meet the highest standards. The laboratory operates in accordance with the ISO/IEC 17025 standard. Diagnostic methods are accredited, or properly validated, and regularly reviewed by external audits and quality assurance systems in the laboratory.
The laboratory also carries out the activities for the
National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza and the National Reference Laboratory for Newcastle Disease.

 

Laboratory for Genetics

The laboratory uses molecular biology methods for; the detection of genetically conditioned defects, identifying genetically conditioned resistance to infectious diseases, identification of parenthood and identification of animals, and determination of animal species from samples of animal origin.

More information can be obtained by calling: 014779122

 

Laboratory for Environmental Hygiene

 

Environmental Samples

Inadequate animal husbandry can impact on the health and welfare of animals, as well as on the environment. The impacts on the environment are shown in the inappropriate technology of rearing and in inadequate control of manure, slurry and liquid manure. The frequent disturbing factor is the unpleasant odour.

The laboratory provides customers with an assessment of the impact on the environment due to unpleasant odours which can be performed by means of taking air samples and measurements of odour (olfactory measurements), or by performing an environmental impact assessment directly in the field.

The laboratory is located at the Institute of Environmental and Animal Hygiene with Animal Behaviour.

 

Laboratory for Chemical Analysis of Feed

The Laboratory for Chemical Analysis of Feed is equipped with the most modern equipment, such as liquid chromatography with UV diode array, fluorescence or MS detectors, gas chromatographs with FID, ECD or MS detectors, and ICP-MS apparatus (inductively coupled plasma with mass detector) for determining elements.

Employees of the laboratory (Dr. Gabriel Tavčar Kalcher, B.Sc. Chemistry, Katarina Pavšič Vrtač, B.Sc. Chemistry., Irena Indihar, dipl.sanit.inž., Karin Šrimpf, B.Sc. Chemistry, Alenka Vošnjak, Sanit.Tech. Robert Rožič, Chem.Tech.) have knowledge of over 100 methods for determining the different parameters in animal feed.

 

Laboratory for Control of Milk

 

Submission of milk samples for analysis

To ensure the adequate quality of milk and dairy products, raw milk must comply with the relevant quality criteria. The laboratory assists by carrying out analyses of milk for dairy farmers to establish appropriate production quality. In doing so, the laboratory provides professional assistance in ensuring the health of the udder and ensuring the proper state of milking machines and cooling equipment. Additionally, the laboratory offers assistance to dairies in ensuring the adequate quality of milk and dairy products.

The laboratory provides assistance for breeders in the treatment of mastitis where previous analyses have shown the presence of mastitis pathogens. It also offers assistance in finding reasons for the increased number of microorganisms in milk samples (determination of technological groups of microorganisms). The laboratory can also assist in determining the adequacy of the functioning of milking equipment.

 

Laboratory for meat, and meat and dairy products

The laboratory collaborates with the Veterinary Administration of the Republic of Slovenia, companies and individuals. In its accredited laboratory both microbiological and chemical testing of foods of animal origin are carried out. The laboratory maintains a multitude of screening and accredited confirmatory methods which are upgraded annually, and supplemented with new testing methods. A list of methods, parameters and matrices can be viewed at http://www.sa.gov.si/teksti-1/slo/katalog where the laboratory can be found under number LP-021).

Samples for investigation of food can be submitted to our regional laboratories throughout Slovenia and at the headquarters of the Faculty in Ljubljana. As required, investigations can also be carried out according to agreed, non-accredited methods.

 

Laboratory for Microbiological Examination of Feed

The laboratory for Microbiological Examination of Feed carries out microbiological testing of animal feed samples on the content of yeasts, moulds and bacteria and microscopic examinations of samples of animal feed with regard to its composition. Employees in this laboratory (Asst. Igor Ujčič Vrhovnik, M.Sc, DVM.; Doc. Dr. Breda Jakovac Strajn, DVM, PhD.; and Alenka Vošnjak, Sanit. Tech.), in addition to the introduction and development of microbiological methods of determining saprophytic microorganisms in animal feed, place special emphasis on developing and introducing methods of identifying the presence of tissues of animal origin in animal feed, the presence of harmful plants and pests in feed and feed samples, in investigations relating to its composition.

Any questions regarding these issues can put to our experts in this field: Doc. Dr. Breda Jakovac Strajn (breda.jakovac-strajn@vf.uni-lj.si) and Asst. Igor Ujčič Vrhovnik M.Sc (Igor.Ujcic.Vrhovnik@vf.uni-lj.si).

 

Laboratory for Serologic Diagnostics of Pig Diseases

 

National Reference Library (NRL) for Newcastle Disease (AKK)

 

National Reference Laboratory for Newcastle Disease (AKK)

The purpose of the National Reference Laboratory for Newcastle Disease is the implementation of cutting-edge diagnostics and all other processes in order to protect animal and human health, ensure healthy food and good poultry production.

 

Head of NRL

Head: Doc. Dr. Uroš Krapež

E-mail: uros.krapez@vf.uni-lj.si

Tel.: 01 4779 247

 

National Reference Library (NRL) for Avian Influenza (AI)

 

National Reference Laboratory for Avian Influenza (NRL for AI)

 

Head of NRL

Assist. Dr. Brigita Slavec, Dr. Vet. Med.

Contact:

Telephone: +386 01 47 79 240

E-mail: brigita.slavec@vf.uni-lj.si

 

Mission of NRL for AI

 The NRL for AI is the only designated and authorised laboratory for the diagnosis of avian influenza in Slovenia, which operates within the Laboratory for the Diagnostics of Infectious Poultry Diseases at the National Veterinary Institute and the Institute of Public Health of Poultry of the Veterinary Faculty.

The mission of the NRL for AI is to carry out diagnostics of AI, develop and introduce new, and maintain already accredited, diagnostic methods, monitor the incidence of AI in the world, ensure readiness against an outbreak of the disease, and provide information on AI to professionals and the general public.

 

Parasitological Laboratory

 

Receiving of Samples

Outside of working hours, samples for parasitological testing can be submitted to the central sample receiving reception:: Mon – Fri 3pm – 6pm, Sat 7:00am – 11:00am

Tel.: 01 4779 347

When submitting samples for testing of trichinella, it is essential, regardless of working hours, to submit them in the central sample receiving reception (Gerbičeva 60, Ljubljana)

 

Pathology, Histology and TSE

Receiving of samples for pathology:

 

From Monday to Friday: from 7:00am to 3.00pm

 

Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays: Suspected contagious diseases should be reported to the NVI Out-of-Hours service by calling 112, exceptions by arrangement

 

Receiving of samples for testing on BSE and TSE with rapid postmortem tests (LPTSE NVI):

 

From Monday to Friday: from 7am to 3pm in the Laboratory for TSE, from 3pm to 6pm to the sample receiving reception of the NVI, both at Gerbičeva 60, Ljubljana

 

For other tests on BSE and TSE from 7am to 3pm at IPSUV (for LPTSE NVI), exceptions by agreement

 

 

Virological Laboratory

Opening Hours

Mon – Fri: 7:00am – 3.00pm

Outside of opening hours, samples for virological examination can be submitted to the sample receiving reception area.