NVRI is the foremost and only Veterinary research institute in Nigeria with the mandate to conduct research into all aspects of animal diseases, develop and produce animal vaccines ; provide surveillance and diagnosis of animal diseases; and provide extension services to poultry and livestock farmers, amongst other tasks.
It was established in 1924 in response to the control of the rinderpest pandemic in the early twentieth century. It is presently a parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and rural development. NVRI has nine technical departments whose activities include the production of international quality vaccines and offering of services for the identification, control, and eradication of economically important livestock diseases; through best practices, research excellence, and applying modern technology. It is the hub of veterinary research in Nigeria and her vaccines are patronised within and outside Nigeria.
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NVRI hosts the FAO regional laboratory for transboundary diseases for West and Central Africa. Several NVRI staff are involved in the LIDISKI project, including: staff of Avian Diseases Division and Virology Division, tasked with the diagnosis and research of Newcastle disease and Peste des petit ruminante respectively. Researchers of the Veterinary public health and Preventive medicine will be actively involved in field surveys, particularly sustaining surveillance and control of PPR and NDV during this project and beyond. The staff of Veterinary Extension Services Department will be involved in engagement and dissemination of animal health information to stakeholders; and the staff of the General services Division will be engaged in the installation of solar systems to support vaccine production. NVRI will provide manpower that will be at the centre of implementing all the surveys and maintaining the installed solar panels for this project.
NVRI TEAM on the project:
|S/N||NAME||DESIGNATION||ROLE IN PROJECT/WP|
|1||David Shamaki||Research Administration with years of experience in Virus research||Steering committee, WP1 Inception phase|
|2||Reuben A Ocholi||Director Research, NVRI; Oversees research activities in NVRI including Bacteriology, Parasitology and Virology||Steering committee, WP1 Inception phase, WP2 Capacity building for laboratory and vaccine production|
|3||Timothy Yusufu Woma||Chief Vet. Research Officer in Virology Dept. of NVRI; Involved in molecular virology of the Morbilliviruses||Scientific committee, WP5 PPR and ND Epidemiology|
|4||Ismail Shittu||Chief Research Officer in Avian diseases Division of the Research Dept. of NVRI; Involved in Avian viral diseases research with specialty in Newcastle disease||Scientific committee, WP5 PPR and ND Epidemiology|
|5||Pam D Luka||Chief Vet. Research Officer in Biotechnology Centre of NVRI;
Involved in viral research and molecular studies
|6||Tony M Joannis||Chief Vet. Research Officer in Regional lab of NVRI; Involved in Viral research of poultry||Coordination team, WP2 Capacity building for laboratory and vaccine production|
|7||Seun Oyetunde||Principal Accounts officer in Finance and accounts Dept. of NVRI||Coordination team, Administrative team|
|8||Dauda Shok||Assistant chief engineer, involved in development and maintenance of infrastructure in NVRI including power supply and vaccine cold chain maintenance||Administrative team|
|9||Mohammad B. Bolajoko||Assistant Director, Veterinary Public health and Preventive medicine division, Diagnostic Department of NVRI.
Involved in disease surveillance and epidemiology of livestock diseases
|Training in quantitative and participatory methods, Development of toolkit for disease surveillance and control; Evaluation of strategies|
|10||Sandra I. Ijoma||Senior Vet Research Officer in Veterinary Public health and Preventive medicine division, Diagnostic Department of NVRI. Involved disease surveillance and epidemiology of livestock.||Training in quantitative and participatory methods|
|11||Isioma V. Ifende||Principal Vet. Research Officer in Vet Extension services Dept. of NVRI; involved in print and electronic communication of extension messages with research interests in Veterinary Epidemiology and Economics||W9 Internal Communication, Training in quantitative and participatory methods|