Acarology laboratory
Acarology laboratory deal with all aspects of diagnostic, surveillance, outbreak and vector related investigation activities on all veterinary important acarology, such as ticks and mites. That plays a vector role in the transmission of tick-borne diseases (theilerosis, babesiosis, anaplasmosis, cowdriosis and tick induced dermatophilosis), skin diseases such as mange mites and viral diseases (Rift valley fever, Nairobi sheep diseases, African horse sickness etc…). This lab is established due to the fact that economically important ectoparasites (Ticks, mites) that play significant role in disease transmission as well as in damaging the skin and hides quality of livestock, which is one of the foreign currency earning sources of the country, need to be addressed.

Mission 
Our mission is to provide quality diagnostic services in Acarology and to meet the demands of our customers for sustainable solutions of problems involving tick and mites.

Vision of the laboratory
Maintain excellence in Diagnostic, Surveillance and research in Acarology, and extend the area of action to meet new demands of our customers and ultimate goals of the NAHDIC, as well as promote scientific and technological advances for the sustainable and quality Diagnostic service in tick and mites.

Achievements

The laboratory for the past two decade played crucial role in the surveillance of ECF, control of vector borne disease, in the taxonomic identification of veterinary important ticks and mites across the nation.  Particularly for the past five years the laboratory played also significant role to minimize the sheep and goat ectoparasite prevalence from 85% to 45% and  improve the quality of raw hide and skin supplied to the domestic tanneries, the lab also contribute to increase the foreign currency earning of the nation by supplying finished leather and leather products to the international market but, due to the control intervention and quality improvement of hide and skin supply the foreign currency earning was increased gradually from 80millions to 135millions for the past 5 years.

Acarology lab

Personnel

No

Qualification

Quantity

Remark

DVM, MSC, PHD

1

 

DVM, MSC

1

 

Senior laboratory analyst

1

 

Types of Services Delivered

  • Tick and Mite taxonomic identification
  • Tick distribution and dynamic study
  • Conduct active surveillance on ECF particularly on vector
  • Acaricide resistance testing in vitro and at field level
  • Verification of the efficacy level of acaricides
  • Provision of on job training on different laboratory techniques for regional veterinary laboratory personnel and abroad.
  • Conduct tick rearing unit focusing on veterinary important ticks of the country for diagnostic, research, acaricide testing, control testing and for teaching purposes
  • Laboratory animal units (calves, sheep, goats and rabbits) for diagnostic teaching and research purposes
  • Provision advisory and technical support for higher education students, on their study project

Customers

  • Our customers must follow the official step and procedures of NAHDIC sample reception rule and regulation
  • Officially request the services needed by writing letter to NAHDIC.

Length of time elapsed to release services

No

Type of Service delivered

Time elapsed to release each Service

Service quality standard (%)

1

Tick and Mite taxonomic identification

48 hour

96

2

Tick distribution and dynamic study

1-2years/per site

98

3

Conduct active surveillance on ECF particularly on vector

15 days

98

4

Acaricide resistance testing in vitro and at field level

72 hour in vivo

98

15 days invitro

96

5

Verification of the efficacy level of acaricides

72 hour in vivo

98

15 days invitro

96

6

Provision of on job training on different laboratory techniques for regional veterinary laboratory personnel and abroad.

3 days up to 5 months

98

7

Provision advisory and technical support for higher education students, on their study project

5-6 months

98

Contact person

Yeshawork Begashaw, DVM, MSC
PO Box: 4 Sebeta
Tel: +251 911065353, +2511338 0894-98
E-mail: yeshadessie@gmail.com
Fax: 011 338 02 20