Research Programmes

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New Generation Vaccine

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Molecular Epidemiology 
and Diagnostics

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Public Health and Zoonoses​

Vaccine Production

Epidemiology, Parasites
and Vectors (EPV)

Senior Manager Research: Animal Health and Protection - Dr Misheck Mulumba
Tel : +27(012)529 9106, Fax: +27(012) 565 4667, E-mail: BofeloF@ar​c.agric.za​___________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

The ARC-Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute (ARC-OVI), has long tradition of veterinary research since its founding in 1908 by Sir Arnold Theiler It is nationally and internationally recognized as a veterinary centre of excellence. The ARC-OVI is a flagship institution of the Agricultural Research Council and plays an important role in maintaining the health of our national herd and wildlife.

The mission of ARC-OVI is to provide scientific support for Veterinary Services in effective risk management for quality of life for all in South Africa. The ARC-OVI strives to be a world-class veterinary research institute in providing scientific support. Research activities focus on the development and improvement of vaccines and diagnostic tests, applying the latest molecular biological techniques.

The Institute promotes animal health and welfare by providing an effective and efficient diagnostic service and producing vaccines against Foot and mouth and tick-borne diseases. The ARC-OVI is the collaborating centre for both the Office International des Epizooties (OIE) surveillance and control of animal diseases in Africa and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations for the emergency preparedness for transboundary animal diseases for Africa.

The ARC-OVI also hosts seven OIE reference laboratories for economically important viral diseases namely: African horse sickness, bluetongue, Foot and mouth disease, lumpy skin disease, Rift valley fever, rabies and African swine fever. We provide a wide range of applied research and consultancy, diagnosis and surveillance on livestock diseases to the National and Provincial Government and commercial customers.

ARC-Onderstepoort maintains a high standard of quality in all aspects of our operation and we continuous aim to satisfy our customers in all services we deliver as outlined in Quality Policy Statement. Our staff performs laboratory procedures in accordance with the best scientific principles. We are committed to implement the most appropriate international standard in all areas of our work. 

The following products are available from OVI Supply Shop: CDs, Parasite kits, Post cards, Posters, Publications, Slide sets, Theiler Guesthouse, Videos and Visits.


​​​​​​​Contact Us

Postal Address
ARC Onderstepoort Veterinary Research
Private Bag X5

Physical Address
100 Old Soutpan Rd (M35)


General Enquiries
Tel: +27 (0)12 529 9111

Fax: +27 (0)12 565 6573
E-Mail: ovi-info@arc.agric.za​