Veterinary laboratory medicine

Laboratory /diagnostic tests contribute to animals’ health. Correct diagnostic and therapeutic decisions rely, to great extent, on the accuracy of test results. Adequate patient preparation, specimen collection, and specimen handling are essential prerequisites for accurate test results. Nowadays, diagnostic tests enable the early detection, management and control of diseases of livestock as well as of companion animals.

For example, in France, human laboratory medicine is under the legislation of the medical acts: only doctors and biologists can certify and sign laboratory tests, and human laboratories are not allowed to perform analysis on animal samples. But there is no such law regarding veterinary laboratory medicine.
The French veterinary profession intends to lodge an appeal to the government for a law on veterinary laboratory medicine.

FVE would like to have a view on the situation regarding veterinary laboratory medicine in Europe, since the regulatory landscape across Europe for laboratories performing diagnostic tests on animal samples may differ.
We would like to have one answer per country.
DEADLINE:  21 February 2020

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* 1. Please fill in your contact details below, we will use them confidentially.

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* 2. Where diagnostic tests on animal samples (livestock and companion animals) can be carried out in your country?

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* 3. Who is entitled to run these kind of laboratories (shareholders)?

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* 4. Is there any law or regulation in your country regulating the performance of laboratory tests on animal samples?

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* 5. Who can perform diagnostic tests on animal samples in your country?

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* 6. Can veterinarians perform laboratory tests at their own veterinary practice?

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* 7. Is laboratory testing of animal samples considered as a “veterinary act”?

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* 8. Do laboratories performing tests on animal samples require the presence of a veterinarian?

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* 9. Who is entitled interpret and validate the results of diagnostic tests on animal samples?

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