Improving knowledge and the treatment of animal diseases
Through studies carried out in secure, high-tech installations, our experts seek to better understand, try out and select the best treatments for diseases affecting farm animals. These diseases may be viral or bacterial.
The national and European authorities base themselves on the scientific information we produce to combat these diseases, which pose a threat to herds and therefore represent a major socio-economic risk.
We also conduct studies aimed at developing innovative therapeutic approaches that could be used in human medicine.
In addition, we perform two other essential tasks:
- the collection of ruminants suspected of having spongiform encephalopathies and/or rabies
- the organisation of initial responses in the field in the event of a health crisis among farm animals.
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Our facilities are recognised by the competent authorities; they go from biosafety levels 1 to 3.
All studies are pre-approved by an ethics committee.
Since March 2017, we have been making adjustments to improve the level of biosafety and be able to handle more dangerous pathogens. To date, we have coordinated studies that have led to a better understanding of Schmallenberg disease, enabled new routes to be explored for diagnosing tuberculosis and brucellosis, allowed us to better understand and select the best vaccines against contagious nodular dermatosis and to develop a brand-new vaccination technique.