November 7-8, Serbithang: About 36 participants representing the National Centre for Animal Health (NCAH), Regional Livestock Development Centres, Satellite Veterinary Laboratories and Dzongkhag Veterinary Hospitals attended a two day refresher course at NCAH.
The course was organised considering the need to keep in pace in terms of laboratory diagnostic services for the emerging and re-emerging diseases in the country. It helped participants to update their lab knowledge and skills for better service delivery.
Various presentations were presented to participants such as on bio-safety and bio-security, principles and lab diagnostic procedures and protocol for culture and sensitivity testing. Participants reviewed the standard operating procedures for bacteriology, parasitology, clinical pathology and post-mortem examination among others followed by practical sessions on the same. The technicians were sensitised on the new advance diagnostic technologies to help them cope up with important animal diseases. Field issues were also discussed.
The Laboratory Services Unit (LSU) under NCAH coordinated the meeting with fund support from EU project. Although, one of the main mandates of the LSU is capacity building in animal health including the diagnostic technologies, due to budget constraints, the course could not be conducted for a long time.
-ICS with inputs from NCAH
Photo by Choidup Zangpo, ICS
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