Standards for Veterinary Laboratory

A veterinary laboratory shall-

  1. Be located away from known fire hazards;
  2. Be separated from non-related activities;
  3. Have restricted access by personnel;
  4. Be vermin-proofed for pests including insects and rodents.

In addition to a veterinary laboratory shall have the following minimum standards-

  1. The floors and the walls of the building shall be constructed from materials that are easy to clean, impervious and resistant to corrosion by chemicals;
  2. Have access to an incinerator, pressure steam sterilizer or renderer for disposal of carcasses and waste;
  3. Provide a microbiological safety cabinet able to protect the operator, the product and the environment in laboratories dealing with microbial cultures;
  4. Sample collection and diagnostic equipment and facilities.
  5. Provide an autoclave or pressure steam sterilizer;
  6. Provide personnel with protective clothing and equipment for use only within the laboratory;
  7. Have a designated veterinary surgeon responsible for containment;
  8. Competent staff in the area of specialization;
  9. Provide warning notices for containment area indicating the type of hazard, the name and telephone number(s) of the person(s) responsible;
  10. Have laboratory alarm system, emergency lighting, fire fighting equipment and first aid kit.
  11. Post emergency protocols within the laboratory advising personnel on procedures to follow in case of emergencies.
  12. Display standard operating procedures for the laboratory.