The laboratory has a covered area of 21979 sq. feet with ten operational and fully functional laboratories with allied support structures including fully equipped conference room and a technical library. It had an annual spending of around Rs. 16 million with 10-15 thousands test analyses annually through 19 technical and 32 support staff. The laboratories are participating component of FAO, GCP/Pak/123/USA Progressive Control of FMD in Pakistan and the National Animal and Plant Health Inspection Services (NAPHIS) Project besides the UNIDO, Technical Related Assistance (TRTA-II) Program. The NVL has been chosen by TRTA-II for the international accreditation system of laboratory testing to support trade from Pakistan.
The samples for analyses at NVL come from provincial livestock departments, development projects, FATA, AJK, NGOs, related government departments, Remount Veterinary Corps (RVFC), Animal Quarantine Department (AQD) and Drug Regulatory Authority (DRA) in addition to routine and structured surveillance of diseases. While continuous attention is paid to Highly Pathogenic Emerging Disease (HPED) in coordination with internationals and regional programs and organizations (FAO, WHO, OIE, EC, SAARC). Vigilance and arrangements for Rinder pest (RP) disease & infection free status of Pakistan is remain maintained with contingency plan intact. Keeping in view the importance of Food & Mouth Disease in productive animals and its implication on exports, the laboratory continuously provided the exclusive free of charge facility for FMD virus typing. Similarly, PPR a disease being the most important limiting factor for sheep & goat farmers in the country has been kept at high priority and its diagnostics and surveillance facility has been maintained and offered, besides working on nation wide serum analyses to understand epidemiology of disease. Information collected from PPR sero-surveillance is being used for policy planning and laying down strategy for its control. The poultry industry in the country remains threatened with the waves of Avian Influenza (Bird Flu), though no outbreaks have been recorded since June 2009. Pakistan is one of the six countries in the world who have adopted the vaccination as an element of bird flu control policy; however, success to such a strategy lies in quality of vaccine. As an assigned task, NVL especially undertakes quality testing of bird flu vaccines (imported/ or local); which has helped a reliable supply of quality AI vaccines in the market resultantly supporting the control of disease.
Residues and drug testing activities are fairly new to the country therefore priority was remained kept high yielding consumers, processors and export partners awareness. This activity is now being widely recognized. The training facilities at NVL for introduction to lead technologies in animal health are objectively utilized by the federal entities, development projects and provincial departments. The testing facilities created at NVL aims at enhancing confidence of national and international community in the animal health management in the country using most sensitive and internationally acceptable techniques and for service and regulatory oversight of its nation wide clients from Remount Veterinary Corps to the remotely occurring development projects. Since NVL’s inception, more than 40 studies performed on the technical aspects have been published in national and international scientific and technical journals.