Research Programmes

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New Generation Vaccine

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Molecular Epidemiology 
and Diagnostics

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Food, Feed and
Veterinary Public Health

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Parasites, Vectors and 
Vector-Bourne Diseases

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.


Facilities to Rent

Onderstepoort Lapa (Cater for 60 to ± 400 guests ) & OVI Guesthouse
Contact: Isaac Ntshauba , Tel: 012-529 9446 or 012-529 9111 Email: NtshaubaM@arc.agric.za

​​​​​​​Contact Us

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

General Enquiries

Tel: +27 (0)12 529 9111
Fax: +27 (0)12 565 6573
E-Mail: ovi-info@arc.agric.za

All Rabies related enquiries

Dr Claude Sabeta,
Tel:+27-(0)12 529 2439/2451,
E-mail: sabetac@arc.agric.za

Postal Address
ARC Onderstepoort Veterinary Institute
Private Bag X5


Physical Address
100 Old Soutpan Rd (M35)

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