Applied veterinary research, animal health control, diagnostic services and expert advice on animal diseases are in collaboration with the Chief Veterinary Officer and the Icelandic Food and Veterinary Authority.
Services provided comprise a wide range of testing, screening, diagnostics and development of new methodology. Services also involve control of animal welfare and slaughter, autopsy and advanced pathological examination.
Production of vaccine and antiserum against sheep diseases is an important part of the Institute´s work.
Both animal husbandry and general farming are conducted at the Institute in connection with production and services.
Standard and specialized equipment is utilized to perform these activities. A first class biocontainment laboratory is situated at the Institute (biosafety level laboratory - 3).
The diagnostic service at Keldur is conducted in accordance to quality standard ISO17025. Several of the methods utilized are accredited.
The institute acts as a National reference laboratory on the following items: fish, molluscs, crustaceans, Campylobacter, parasites (in particular Trichinella, Echinococcus and Anisakis) and TSE.