This is a laboratory-based course that is designed for technicians who work within a diagnostic laboratory and are responsible for implementing and validating diagnostic techniques. This course is not suitable for research or group leaders. The course focuses on transboundary disease diagnostic techniques comprising serological, molecular and virological assays, quality assurance and laboratory contingency planning. Applicants should have an understanding of virology and related methodologies.
What you need to know
Cost: £1,000 tuition fee
Duration: 1 week. Dates TBC
Accommodation: The Pirbright Institute has access to basic accommodation in shared houses at an additional cost of £30 per night (excluding food). The number of rooms is however limited and availability is on a first come first served basis and cannot therefore be guaranteed. The alternative is for course delegates to use local Bed & Breakfast accommodation which we can help to organise.
Biosecurity: The laboratory operates at BSL3 containment level and delegates will be expected to adhere to stringent biosecurity regulations, including a shower upon exiting the laboratories daily followed by a strict three-day quarantine period. Further information will be provided.
Places are limited. Applications close - TBC
Course pre requisites
Participants requiring a visa to enter the UK will need a standard visitor visa.
ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation
Dealing with non-conformities
Laboratory contingency planning
Practical Diagnostic tests
Course material containing seminars and standard operating procedures will be provided at the end of the course.
About the trainers
The NVRL is the OIE and national reference laboratories for AHS, ASF, capripox and morbilliviruses.
At The Pirbright Institute, named OIE experts in these transboundary diseases lead independent research groups for their respective viruses. As well as providing national capabilities, the NVRL provides support for the research groups and undertakes the validation of novel diagnostic techniques which can then be incorporated into the diagnostic repertoire of the laboratories.
The NVRL maintains all front line diagnostic tests to ISO/IEC 17025 quality accreditation and continues to add new tests to this accreditation scope.