The Swedish National Veterinary Institute (SVA) is a Swedish Government authority under the Ministry of Agriculture and is the largest and only official laboratory in veterinary medicine in Sweden. It holds about 400 employees totally, and activities at the institute are focused on diagnostic work and advisory services, official services/governmental duties and commissioned research. It is a Swedish government agency that answers to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Consumer Affairs.
The agency was established in 1911 and is located in Uppsala. The Department of Disease control and Biosecurity at SVA provides expert advice on contagious diseases in animals, including zoonoses, including investigations and programmes for their control. The Department is responsible for the design, implementation and evaluation of active surveillance on statutory diseases as well as other infectious agents of national concern.
The agency is an expert organisation for veterinary medicine, which aims to promote animal health by preventing, diagnosing and controlling infectious diseases in animals. It is specialised in virology, bacteriology, antibiotic resistance, parasitology, chemistry, food safety, vaccinology and pathology. It provides advice and conducts commissioned investigations and programmes for controlling contagious diseases. One of the main commissions is zoonotic infections. It is a participant in WP 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, conceptual surveillance framework development, development of frameworks and tools for disease detection, freedom from disease and case detection. It also facilitates communication with Swedish policy makers and other stakeholders, provision of Swedish data for case studies, carry out case-studies on real data from the Swedish surveillance programme.