This special facility is the only one on earth that brings together large biocontainment level laboratories for both animal and human ailments.
This is a significant advantage when studying and resolving diseases, such as avian influenza and BSE, which may endanger both animal and human health. The scientific experience in Canada's national, provincial, private and academic animal health labs is widely understood internationally, most especially from the OIE.
The designations announced today bring to 17 the amount of Reference Laboratories and Collaborating Centres situated in Canada. Of these, 13 are a part of the CFIA's laboratory program, one resides inside Fisheries and Oceans Canada, two are situated in Veterinary Colleges, and one is a personal lab.