On 26-27 March 2015 the The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe), Italy and the Central Vietanamese Veterinary Istitute (CVVI), Vietnam organize the final workshop of the OIE Twinning project on strengthening diagnostic capacity on animal salmonellosis in Nha Trang. This event give the opportunity to discuss the importance of such a project.

The opening session will take place on 26 March at 8.30 attended by representative of Vietnamese competent authorities, such as the Deputy Minister of MARD, Dept. of Animal Health, National Institute of Veterinary Research (NIVR), and other  national and international representatives such as  the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Vietnam Veterinary Association (VVA), Ha Noi Agriculture University, Thai Nguyen University, Pasteur Institue, , CVVI and a delegation from IZSVe.

This workshop will last 2 days with the following aims:

  • presentation of OIE Twinning project
  • share the objectives achieved and plan follow-up activities;
  • discussion on OIE requirement for reference laboratories and relevant EU regulations Salmonella in food, humans and animals  in Vietnam );
  • increase awareness on animal salmonellosis and visibility of the project.

A press conference will be held from 10.00 a.m. to which the director of CVVI and the head of the OIE Reference Laboratory for Salmonellosis in Italy will take part. The press conference will be held on 26 March 10.00 to 10.30 at the Novotel Nha Trang, Bellevue room, 2nd  floor.

The project

The project takes place within the OIE Laboratory Twinning Programme which aims at ensuring  safe trade in animals and animal products by means of reliable internationally approved diagnostic tests and procedures  for the control, detection and diagnosis of major animal disease. This is achieved by means of a localized distribution of the Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centres throughout the world.

The project started in June 2011 and will be closed on May 2015. The main activities carried out were training courses on laboratory diagnostic techniques for microbiology, biotechnology, serotyping and antimicrobial resistance. The training courses took place at IZSVe (Italy), OIE reference laboratory for salmonellosis, in different times involving staff from CVVI that trnsfer the aquired techniques to other CVVI staff.

Two sampling campaign have also been implemented and the samples were tested at the IZSVeand are being used for publication on a scientific journal. Proficiency trials between the two laboratories on Salmonella identification were also implemented.